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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.Isaiah 30:19
Our God is a God of hope. In today’s readings, both Isaiah (30:19-26) and Paul (Acts 13:16-25), tell us about the hope that God brings to his people. Isaiah urges us to remember that no matter what God is on our side, he will not leave us, nor will he forsake us. Paul witnesses before his listeners that throughout redemptive history, God has been giving his people seeds of hope. From Egypt until John the Baptist, in every season, God has given his people the hope and promise of a coming savior.
Take heart! For he has already come! Christ has done and is now doing what he has promised from the very beginning: to dwell with us and take care of us. He reminds us in John 16:33 that although we will face many troubles, we must remember that he has already overcome them for us.
Now we hope for Christ’s second coming. We wait eagerly for it knowing with absolute confidence that he will come just as he has promised. Celebrate the hope of God today!
- Psalm: 72:1-7, 18-19
- Old Testament: Isaiah 30:9-12
- New Testament: Acts 13:16-25