God’s Presence in Times of Distress

December 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

It is common knowledge in the medical community that the holidays bring about a sharp increase in cases of depression, primarily due to people’s unmet expectations during this season.  Today’s reading from Isaiah 63:7-9 is a word from God to those facing disappointment.  At the beginning of verse 7 the words gracious deeds, and at the end of verse 7 the words steadfast love appear.  They both are a translation of the Hebrew word hasadim, which means the loyalty of the Lord.  In a time when nothing good can be said of a situation, God’s people can at least acknowledge the basic and undeniable fact that God has been good to them in the past and will continue to be loyal to them in the future.  Verse 9 follow that up with the assurance that it is the presence of the Lord that saves us.  The promise that God is loyal to us and will never abandon us take us into the new year with all the distress it will bring.

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