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Trust in God, Our Salvation

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Reading: Isaiah 12: 2-6

Verse 2: “Surely God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid”.

Life can bring us all kinds of ups and downs. In the midst of Advent and the holiday season, even then, “life” affects us. In church yesterday, on the second Sunday of Advent, we had two prayer cards for families who lost loved ones, one for a surgery, one for a man who had to place his wife in an Alzheimer’s unit, and one for a grandson. It felt like a lot. Yet for each of these families affected, it feels much more profound and impactful.

As I read and reflected on today’s passage, I realized that Isaiah’s audience must have felt some big emotions too. As Isaiah spoke these words to the people, the powerful empire of Assyria was bearing down on their part of the world. In what felt like a tide sweeping across the earth, the Israelites were awaiting the first waves. As what surely felt like impending doom crept closer and closer, Isaiah offers these words of hope: “Surely God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid”. Yes, folks, trouble is on the way. But God is greater. Isaiah’s message to Israel is the same message to us: trust in God.

For those feeling sadness or loss or even uncertainty during this time of the year, this is an important message to hear: trust in God. Trust that God will lead you through, and He will. Trust that God will bring you the strength that you need, and He will. Trust that God will give you discernment and will bless your decisions, and He will. God is surely your salvation.

Isaiah closes our passage for today encouraging us to “shout aloud and sing for joy”. He is encouraging the people and us to celebrate God’s faithfulness in the past. In doing so we are strengthened for the day today. To all who are hurting or worried or struggling this Advent season, remember, God loves you, God is trustworthy, God is your salvation. Trust in God. Amen.

Prayer: Lord, I pray for those who are down, those who are blue, those who need your loving presence, your hope, your grace. Please be present to them, O God of our salvation. Thank you. Amen.

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One thought on “Trust in God, Our Salvation

  1. I PRAY FOR ALL WHO HURT , BY DISHONEST PEOPLE IN POWER IN OUR GOVERMENT, OUR RANCHERS, THEIR FAMILYS, I PRAY FOR ALL THE UNBORN BABYS MURDER , BY TAXPAYERS MONEY,
    I PRAY FOR ALL WHO ARE ALONE AND , ARE HURTING,
    I PRAY FOR THE MANY MILLION HOMELESS AMERICANS ON OUR STREETS ,
    I PRAY FOR ALL THE CHILDREN IN OUR WORLD WHO ARE HURT BY ADULTS
    I PRAY FOR THE LORD TO TOUCH THE HEARTS OF PEOPLE WHO DO DRUGS TO GET HELP.
    I PRAY FOR OUR NATION TO WAKE UP, AND KNOW MOST OF THE TV, NEWS IS FAKE . I PRAY
    GOD TOUCH THE HEARTS OF OUR LEADERS, TO BE HONEST IN ALL MATTERS, I PRAY THAT OUR LEADERS DRAW CLOSER TO THEE
    WE ALL NEED CHRIST, HOLD US ALL NEAR.
    AMEN….

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