The Lord Be With You Today!

Isaiah 49:4b
"Yet what is due Me is in the Lord‘s Hand,
and My reward is with My God.”

(Christ has just spoken prophetically through Isaiah
that His mission to God's people will not produce
their commitment to the Lord at that time
or their acknowledgement of Him as their long-awaited Messiah,
nor fulfill, again, at that time, God's ultimate purposes toward His people.
Just as Jesus' mission was temporarily blocked by people and their rejection,
just as He submitted to an expanded and far greater purpose of God's mission for Him–
for salvation to be extended to the whole world of the Gentiles–
we also often experience blocks to what we think has been the Lord's purpose for us.
We, like Jesus Himself, often need to look through to the Lord's wider purposes
and to submit to His plans even though they may not look like we thought they would look.
Jesus proclaims that He willingly lays the outcome to His mission with God,
relying on and submitting to God's purposes still encased
in His suffering, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.
Rather than be deterred by blocks and rejection and trials,
when we follow Jesus' example, we continue to stand in the middle of God's plan for us
even when hardships and challenges arise,
knowing that God is true to His Word and rewards our obedience and submission to Him
with the awesome outpouring of His blessings and peace.)

May the Lord richly bless you this day!

In Christ's love,


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