Tuesday, March 7, 2017
The Power of Hope
These words greet me every morning as I sit down at my desk with my muffin and tea.
I have called you by your NAME. You are MINE.
I open my visual journal and write a couple of morning pages, dumping worries and distraction upon the page. Then I open my lined daily journal to prepare to hear from the Lord. I write the date and the weather and perhaps a couple sentences.
During this season of Lent, most of my writing goes in my Isaiah book from She Reads Truth. For more information, see my post here - http://wingsopen.blogspot.com/2017/02/winter-wilderness-whispers.html
Isaiah is not an easy read. I began by approaching Isaiah with the question foremost in my mind these days.
What is the heart of the Father?
Today's reading began in Isaiah 9, a familiar passage of scripture to me.
The first 7 verses stopped me in my tracks.
Having read the darkness and judgement prior, the words took on fresh meaning. Some translations rendered this passage as if it had already happened.
"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light."
Other translations render the words future tense.
Holy Spirit whispered to me.
They are both.
Yes, the words are both.
Isaiah stood before the people of Israel speaking the words given to him. Were there those who reached out in faith, receiving the hope God brought from the mouth of his prophet?
Then Jesus fulfilled the words in a physical body, coming to this earth as the long awaited Messiah and our Savior. There were many who believed!
Today in 2017, I sit at my desk, reading and hearing the same words spoken, containing the same power to break oppression and lift heavy burdens from my shoulders, if I will merely believe them.
Are you sitting in gloom and darkness today? Perhaps the weight of our nation leaves you anxious and afraid? Do you carry the burden of sickness, divorce, financial difficulties or something else just as heavy for you?
God's words resound through the centuries!
He used a man, a human prophet to speak them into the earth.
God's words continue to carry the power of hope to break through every darkness.
In the midst of rebellion and unbelief of Isaiah's day, the Father's heart remained constant Love towards his children.
Beloved of God, behold your Prince of Peace today.
Reach out to Him, the Mighty God.
He is waiting for a tiny sliver of faith to connect to. Faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains.
Let faith move your gaze to Jesus today.