The Lord Be With You Today!

Isaiah 51:17
Awake, awake! Rise up, Jerusalem,

(A few verses earlier, this same call was made to the Arm of the Lord.

In 51:9, the Lord "awoke" and responded to the great needs of His people.
Now the Lord is calling to His beloved Jerusalem.

Today, He is calling to us by name, His beloved, His Jerusalem,
to awake and rise up to acknowledging the power of His Presence.)

you who have drunk from the Hand of the Lord the cup of his wrath,
you who have drained to its dregs the goblet that makes people stagger.

(The Lord had allowed His people to experience the consequences
of their disobedience and rebellion against Him,
allowed them to experience an exile that mirrors in small part
the great exile that is in store for those
who continue rejecting the Lord and His purposes for their lives.
He knows the depth of wrath and the staggering heaviness of such a path.
Now He is calling His people to rise up and look to Him.
Some situations in our lives today
may also be the result of our own choices and behaviors,
and the Lord may have allowed us to experience the consequences of that life path.

He knows the fear and desperation which we may be experiencing today
and calls us to wake up, to rise up out of the turmoil of fear and hopelessness,
out of the heaviness of our foolish need to try to be strong enough
to exert control over our own lives in our own strength,
and to awaken to His Presence and His control over our lives.)

May the Lord richly bless you this day!

In Christ's love,


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