As when fire kindles the brushwood and the fire causes the waters to boil--to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence!
When You did terrible things which we did not expect, You came down; the mountains quaked at Your presence.
For from of old no one has heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who works and shows Himself active on behalf of him who waits for Him.
You meet and spare him who joyfully works righteousness (uprightness and justice), remembering You in Your ways. Behold, You were angry, for we sinned; we have long continued in our sins . And shall we be saved?
For we have all become like one who is unclean , and all our righteousness (our best deeds of rightness and justice) is like filthy rags or a polluted garment; we all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away .
And no one calls on Your name and awakens and bestirs himself to take and keep hold of You; for You have hidden Your face from us and have delivered us into the power of our iniquities.
Yet, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our Potter, and we all are the work of Your hand.
Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord, or remember iniquity forever. Behold, consider, we beseech You, we are all Your people.
Your holy cities have become a wilderness; Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised You, is burned with fire, and all our pleasant and desirable places are in ruins.
Considering these , will You restrain Yourself, O Lord ? Will You keep silent and not command our deliverance but humble and afflict us exceedingly?
Summary: One of the hardest struggles we as believers face is the illusion that God is silent and passive, even though it seems like this is the case so very often. But he works on what we might call “Yahweh Time.”
Summary: What do we do when it feels .as if our world is falling apart? Where do we go when it seems as if darkness .is our only companion and God is nowhere .to be found? Beloved, .the dark times of life are threshold moments. They are Advent Moments!
Summary: Despair looks within itself, and the heart withers. Hope looks outside oneself, and the heart rejoices. Hope sees a future where despair cannot see past the present circumstances. Join us as we look at our Biblical Hope on this first Sunday of Advent 2
Summary: How easy it is to become parched and dry. What we need are fresh showers of blessing to soften our hearts and bring fruitfulness to our lives.
The Holy Spirit wants us to understand that we are helpless without Him. The Holy Spirit chose human vessels to