The Lord Be With You Today!
In a surge of anger I hid My Face from you for a moment,
(Speaking to His beloved Israel,
an Israel who had repeatedly turned away from her God and Creator,
the Lord reveals His great wrath at her disobedience and rebellion.
He also assures His people that even in His anger,
as He turns away from them, He allows them to experience only momentarily
what it feels like to be distanced from His favor.
Today the Lord still expresses His anger at sin and behaviors and attitudes
in our lives that bring on His displeasure and separate us from Him,
turning away from us for a moment so that we actually experience
being outside of His pleasure in us and the results of our choices,
the correction and discipline that that separation brings us.)
but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,”
(Though the Lord never leaves us, when we persist in disobedience,
even in His displeasure, even in His anger at the sin that we so easily turn to,
His compassion never fails and His mercies are new every morning.
He chooses to be compassionate to us rather than condemn us.
He constantly reaches out His Hand to pull us back to Him!)
says the Lord your Redeemer.
(Here, even in our rebellion, even in His disfavor of our attitudes,
He remains our Lord and our Redeemer
to bring us back to Him and His protective covering.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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