The scripture reading for today is Isaiah 54:8.
“In a surge of anger
I hid my face from you for a moment,
but with everlasting kindness
I will have compassion on you,”
says the Lord your Redeemer.”
It seems like in this verse from Isaiah, we find God to be frustrated with the Israelites. However, in reading Isaiah, we find that the book has four sections, and our verse comes to us in the final section. This is often referred to as the section of Hope! What better hope do we have than knowing that God, "…with everlasting kindness, will have compassion on you".
We are reminded that we have a good God, one whose love and mercy is. Much like the song, "endures forever." We are also reminded that we are to treat one another with such kindness and compassion. I know that I am needing that reminder, sometimes more often than I like to admit. As we journey towards the coming of Christ in the Advent season, we are reminded of the ultimacy of just the kind of compassion God exhibits towards us. Love so great that it came to us in the form of a human and suffered death on a cross to set us free. A timely reminder too, especially this Advent season.
O God of kindness have compassion on us and open our hearts during this Advent season to ready ourselves for Your coming. Remind us to always be signs of Your love to all the world.
Louis Moehlman Louis@livinglord.org
Prayer Concern – Those who don’t understand what this Advent season is really about.