Isaiah 51:16b (Amplified translation)
(Speaking to His people Israel, the Lord reminds them
that it is He Who provides protection for them even in their difficulties
The Lord also reveals Himself to us through His protection and provision.
His Hand hovers over us today to shadow us against the heat of the sun
and to shelter us from the fury of the storm.
The mere shadow of His mighty Hand is sufficient to serve
as a canopy, as a shade, as a boundary between us and what lies in the world.)
to establish the [renewed] heavens
and lay the foundations of the ]renewed] earth,
(The Lord says He intends to "plant" the heavens and "fix in place" the earth,
renewing and making them new from their present fallen state.
He also says that part of that plan
in making known and revealing Himself and His purposes
includes leading us to that completed new heavens and new earth
and using us and His interactions with us to bring about the completion of that plan.)
and to say to Zion (Jerusalem), ‘You are My people.'”
(Even though God's people are currently exiled in Babylon,
as He leads them into His purposes,
He declares over them that they belong to Him and are called by His Name,
that He will return them to their homeland,
a homeland that will ultimately be renewed and restored.
Today, even if our lives are filled with difficulties
and challenges beyond our capability to handle,
He calls us into those same purposes of using us
to carry out His plan to renew the heavens and the earth,
to set our feet at home in Him,
and to know that we belong to Him and are called by His Name.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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