The Lord Waits To Be Gracious To You 022712
From Isaiah 30:18 comes today’s title, and it’s a great way to start the day. I need to get to work quickly, as we all seem to do early Monday morning, but as we go out the door, let’s carry this with us…’ 18Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you’.
And I believe it to be true, God always waits to share his blessings with us. In particular, I believe that God promises blessings to us, especially when we ask for blessings so that we may bless others. If God’s grace does not flow to each of us, it is because of our closed hearts, not because of God’s reluctance.
Today, as we each go out to work and witness, remember the graciousness shared with each of us, and share it with all we can. Go in the peace of Jesus Christ.
Pray for this peace,
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1O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger, or discipline me in your wrath.
2For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me.
3There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin.
4For my iniquities have gone over my head; they weigh like a burden too heavy for me.
5My wounds grow foul and fester because of my foolishness;
6I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; all day long I go around mourning.
7For my loins are filled with burning, and there is no soundness in my flesh.
8I am utterly spent and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart.
9O Lord, all my longing is known to you; my sighing is not hidden from you.
10My heart throbs, my strength fails me; as for the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me.
11My friends and companions stand aloof from my affliction, and my neighbors stand far off.
12Those who seek my life lay their snares; those who seek to hurt me speak of ruin, and meditate treachery all day long.
13But I am like the deaf, I do not hear; like the mute, who cannot speak.
14Truly, I am like one who does not hear, and in whose mouth is no retort.
15But it is for you, O Lord, that I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
16For I pray, “Only do not let them rejoice over me, those who boast against me when my foot slips.”
17For I am ready to fall, and my pain is ever with me.
18I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin.
19Those who are my foes without cause are mighty, and many are those who hate me wrongfully.
20Those who render me evil for good are my adversaries because I follow after good.
21Do not forsake me, O Lord; O my God, do not be far from me;
22make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation.
18Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. 19Truly, O people in Zion, inhabitants of Jerusalem, you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when he hears it, he will answer you. 20Though the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. 21And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” 22Then you will defile your silver-covered idols and your gold-plated images. You will scatter them like filthy rags; you will say to them, “Away with you!” 23He will give rain for the seed with which you sow the ground, and grain, the produce of the ground, which will be rich and plenteous. On that day your cattle will graze in broad pastures; 24and the oxen and donkeys that till the ground will eat silage, which has been winnowed with shovel and fork. 25On every lofty mountain and every high hill there will be brooks running with water—on a day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall. 26Moreover the light of the moon will be like the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, like the light of seven days, on the day when the Lord binds up the injuries of his people, and heals the wounds inflicted by his blow.
8In Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet and had never walked, for he had been crippled from birth. 9He listened to Paul as he was speaking. And Paul, looking at him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, 10said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And the man sprang up and began to walk. 11When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” 12Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. 13The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifice. 14When the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting, 15“Friends, why are you doing this? We are mortals just like you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. 16In past generations he allowed all the nations to follow their own ways; 17yet he has not left himself without a witness in doing good—giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, and filling you with food and your hearts with joy.” 18Even with these words, they scarcely restrained the crowds from offering sacrifice to them.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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