Today it seems as if the burdens of the NCC staff are palpable. We’ve exchanged our usual Friday hilarity for what a co-worker described as “a somber day”. From my desk in the front office, I’ve witnessed sorrowful tears, hopeful prayers, and embraces of encouragement.
Have you ever had a day where you can say the same?
I want you to read the words of Isaiah 45. Read them slowly. Soak in the words of our Powerful God…
2 This is what the LORD says:
“I will go before you,
and level the mountains;
I will smash down gates of bronze
and cut through bars of iron.
3 And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—
I will do this so you may know that I am the LORD,
the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.
4 “And why have I called you for this work?
Why did I call you by name when you did not know me?
It is for the sake of Jacob my servant,
Israel my chosen one.
5 I am the LORD;
there is no other God.
I have equipped you for battle,
though you don’t even know me,
6 so all the world from east to west
will know there is no other God.
I am the LORD, and there is no other.
7 I create the light and make the darkness.
I send good times and bad times.
I, the LORD, am the one who does these things.
Oh, what sweet words. Read them again,
“I will go before you and level mountains…I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.”
I don’t know what mountains you are facing. I don’t know the darkness of your present situation.
I do know that we have a loving Heavenly Father who is faithful, who never forgets what He says, and is forever revealing Himself through our current conditions.
Praying that those who have tangible burdens on this day, will find the treasure of a peace that passes understanding and the secret riches of a Comforter who is, reminding us,
“I’ve equipped you for battle…so all the world from east to west will know there is no other God.”