The Lord Be With You Today!
Isaiah 58:9a (from the Amplified Bible translation)
"Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
(When will He answer our call to Him,
when will the "Then" occur that frames this promise?
Here is the answer the Lord just gave in the preceding verses:
when we stop enslaving others through our dishonesty and mistreatment,
when we turn away from our judgmental attitudes and evil actions toward others,
when we stop indulging in insincere rituals of worship,
and when we reject the sin to which we have clung.
THEN He will lavish His full and mighty Presence on us and over our needs.)
You will cry for help, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’"
(Even as He declared this promise to the Israelites of old,
the Lord gives us this assurance still today.
His promise is that when we call, when we cry out for help,
when we finally realize our intense and desperate need,
when we finally realize we have no one to whom we can turn,
when we turn to the only place, the only One Who can provide,
He will answer us and be present to us!
And this Person, this God to whom we turn
is not just any person, not just any god,
but He declares that He is, that He is here, and that He is present.
He is present to us in all the magnificent fullness of His identity and power.
He is present to us today as the Great I AM!)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ’s love,
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