Monday, December 16, 2019

From the Kitchen Table

Advent Day 8

​ The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing.  The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.  They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.  Strengthen the weak hands and make firm the feeble knees.  Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not!  Behold, your God will come with vengeance , with the recompense of God.  He will come and save you.”                     Isaiah 35:1-4

Judgment is coming and justice will prevail.  This life, which can be so mean and miserable, is meant to be majestic and meaningful.  God placed the handling of this place into the hands of man and we headed off in our own direction without God or just enough of God is remember He created this place for us.  But God isn’t done, and He hasn’t given up.  Judgment comes demanding justice and it always will.  Judgment came with Jesus and He judged the powers and personalities of darkness.  Our enemy has been defeated!  However, we must rule over those powers and personalities.  They’re not dead, they’re defeated.  Those who would possess a majestic and meaningful life will strengthen their hands to serve God, their knees to walk with God and their hearts to follow God.  This life doesn’t belong to the mediocre believer but to the missional believer who wants God’s justice in this life, now and forever, here and everywhere, for me and for you.  Don’t just get up, grow up!  God has more in store for you!

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