The Lord Be With You Today!
“Have you not heard? Long ago I ordained it.
(As the Lord responds to the boasting
from the enemy Assyrian army, arrayed against Jerusalem,
reciting its claims back to the army leaders,
He inserts Himself into this history of assaults.
He reminds this evil army leadership that nothing it did
was outside of what the Lord had permitted for it.
The evil in this world, the evil that comes to us
in the form of people and circumstances and powers of darkness
have absolutely no power except that which the Lord permits them.)
In days of old I planned it; now I have brought it to pass,
that you have turned fortified cities into piles of stone.
Their people, drained of power, are dismayed and put to shame.
They are like plants in the field, like tender green shoots,
like grass sprouting on the roof, scorched before it grows up."
(The Lord asserts in this rebuff to Assyria
that He Himself had ordered the army’s victories
and the cities’ defeats at its hands.
In fact, the Lord had used Assyria as His instrument
to defeat the powers around His people.
He had simply allowed this army’s victories for His Own purposes.
Whatever we face today, we can be assured that the Lord Himself
only permits into our lives what He has ordered and ordained
and that whatever He has called into our lives He will use for our good.
That is His promise to us today.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ’s love,
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