From the Kitchen Table  Day 4

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.  For the Lord is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for him.  For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. Then you will defile your carved idols overlaid with silver and your gold-plated metal images. You will scatter them as unclean things. You will say to them, “Be gone!”  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. And on every lofty mountain and every high hill there will be brooks running with water, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall. Moreover, the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day when the Lord binds up the brokenness of his people, and heals the wounds inflicted by his blow.  Isaiah 30:18-26

The Lord waits to be gracious to us.  In the hospitality of God, we find the generosity of God.  “Blessed are those who wait for Him.”  Isaiah delivers the promise of God.  Those who respond to His hospitality find His generosity.  The light and the love of God are real and really powerful.  God works in terms of promises and those who hang on to His promises hang out in His presence.   There’s what this world says and then there’s what God says.  Walk out of the house and hospitality of hell and walk into the house and hospitality of heaven.  God promises to listen, lead and love us.  Just wait on Him, He is waiting on us.  Hang on to His promises and hang out in His presence.  His presence changes everything!  Those who left their pastures and their palaces found that to be true when He showed up as a baby. 

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