I love reading the perspective of Old Testament prophets when it comes to understanding God and what He is doing and making it relevant to the day. I pick up today that hope remains as I participate and stay with my community of believers. It is where God wants me to serve and not be tempted to go where I think there may be more…more of anything.
And he will give rain for the seed with which you sow the ground, and bread, the produce of the ground, which will be rich and plenteous. In that day your livestock will graze in large pastures, and the oxen and the donkeys that work the ground will eat seasoned fodder, which has been winnowed with shovel and fork. – Isaiah 30:23-24 ESV
The reason I have hope is because it is God who teaches and disciplines when it comes to judgments.
Behold, a king will reign in righteousness,
and princes will rule in justice. Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
and righteousness abide in the fruitful field. – Isaiah 32:1,16 ESV
I am still learning that there is security when I am under a just and righteous God. As long as I understand that He is reconstructing me. With that comes some times of mourning for sure. Sorrow is not the ultimate purpose God is looking for in my life, but is only the breaking of ground in my heart to be receptive to the Holy Spirit.
Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,
and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,
and the fruitful field is deemed a forest. – Isaiah 32:15 ESV
At the same time, I need to understand that the period of mourning is followed by blessing.
Happy are you who sow beside all waters,
who let the feet of the ox and the donkey range free. – Isaiah 32:20 ESV
This is where I come in with thanksgiving and prayer for the power of the Holy Spirit in my life making all of this happen.
Who is the guarantee[d] of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,[e] to the praise of his glory. For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love[f] toward all the saints. Ephesians 1:14-15 ESV
How else can I love those who follow Jesus? My fruit needs to be real so that others can see that I am authentic and a genuine follower of Jesus myself. Then that love we have together is a powerful witness to the world. So while I strive on my own, it is so much better to be followers of Jesus together.
Thank You for walking with me in this journey!