Thursday, Nov. 29 – Mary Hellstrom

29 Nov

Thursday, Nov. 29: HOPE

Today’s Scripture:
Isaiah 40:1-11
Romans 8:14-28

Just as the Word can be very convicting, piercing sharply through our hearts and disastrous ways of living at certain times, it can also speak a uniquely perfect kind of comfort and hope which we all long for deeply. “Comfort, comfort my people!”

We know that His Word is full of testimonies of His lovingkindness for humankind, though we are fragile. Though we are fading like the grass. Though our love withers like the wildflowers. He knows that we are dust. He remembers our human condition.

I’ve been in a season of life for awhile where I’ve felt just like this- frail, fragile, and fading. I know that my mind is fickle as the wind at times and that on my own, just myself, I am nothing really. Most of you know exactly how that feels…I have found moments of peace and freedom within that realization. How beautiful it is that we have a mighty and merciful God who knows this about us- and He is willing to chase us, to be patient with us.

In this Isaiah passage, the people are told that they have indeed been punished for all of their sin, but that their punishment is over! The Lord has relented. Israel is then reminded that they are nothing more than the fading grass and that their love and passion may as well be a beautiful flower, here at one moment and gone in an instant. They know that they don’t deserve to live under the tender care of the Lord, yet he picks them up, he carries them, he looks down and smiles at the ones who love Him with the fragile love they have. And he does the same for us.

“Climb a high mountain, Zion. You’re the preacher of good news. Raise your voice. Make it good and loud, Jerusalem. You’re the preacher of good news. Speak loud and clear. Don’t be timid!”

Israel is told to rejoice in the beauty of the story between God and themselves.

What is beautiful here is how undeserving Israel is. Yet in this, they are able to delight since they have been loved and forgiven; the merciful God has kept His covenant and still sees them as the beautiful bride of His youth. They are to live in this love and freedom, shouting out that they are rescued sinners; that the Lord is mighty, coming in power!

This is our sweet, undeserved adoption. In our frailty, the Lord has given us His Spirit of hope. This hope is that we are heirs with Christ, receiving what He receives and sharing in His strength, but also in His suffering. Could the weakness and confusion we may sometimes feel help us relate to Christ in His suffering? In this, we are not left alone to fend for ourselves, fearing the world, though. In the midst this tough leg of my own journey, I can say that I have not been left alone. Hallelujah, Our God Reigns!



One Response to “Thursday, Nov. 29 – Mary Hellstrom”

  1. Jane Woods November 29, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    Thank you, Mary! Such a rich reminder of God’s unconditional love.

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