The Lord Be With You Today!

Isaiah 41:1b
"Let the nations renew their strength!
(The Lord summons us to strengthen ourselves
and to lay out our reasoning and what we think about Him,
to come before Him with our concerns and questions.
He is inviting us to enter into a dialogue with Him
concerning whether He is able,
whether He is powerful enough to meet the challenges we daily face,
whether He is greater than the idols
to which we so often turn when we are in crisis
and to list our reasons as to why these idols are superior to Jehovah God—
such idols as exercising our own control over situations,
or depending on material resources,
or yielding to a sense of helplessness and martyrdom,
or being consumed by fear or anger or bitterness.)
Let them come forward and speak;
let us meet together at the place of judgment."
(Using the metaphor of the forum of a courtroom,
the Lord calls us to engage Him in an argument to discover truth.
The debate is centered on why we should trust the Lord to save us
or whether the gods we serve in the world are more powerful to save us.
What a picture of mercy as the Lord summons us
to pour out our heart’s cry before Him.
As we stand in His Presence today,
He reveals to us His willingness today to entertain our concerns and questions
and to once again prove Himself strong on our behalf!)

May the Lord richly bless you this day!

In Christ’s love,


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