August 8, Reading 2 – Isaiah 54

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SAA Notes

A barren woman was considered a tragedy back then. We too have many things we consider a tragedy – for ourselves and for our church. This great chapter places the challenge to trust our wonderful God in the face of our well-grounded fears for our society and church.

SJA Notes

* Mighty God, please plant Your word deep within us and grow it, that we might be good soil and bear much fruit.

“O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and lay your foundations with sapphires.”

Listen to the love the Lord has for us, His peopl!

This passage is a letter of love from God.

“For the LORD has called you like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit, like  wife of youth when she is cast off, …”

Truly God’s word is the mirror that always tells us the truth. Life is not easy! The world around us is broken. We are broken.

“O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and lay your foundations with sapphires.”

The Lord is at work within us, as His people – Individuals and corporately His church. He is building us toward a wonderful hope, that New Jerusalem, the city of our God!

“‘For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,’ says the LORD, who has compassion on you.”

Our God is faithful and true. His love is steadfast, His faithfulness forever.

What a hope we have! What a Saviour He is!

* Gracious Lord,

Thank You that Your steadfast love will not depart from us, that Your covenant of peace will not be removed.

Your love for us is clear and present. We see it in Jesus, in His righteousness, blood, death and life.

Please mark us as a faithful people, holding onto Your promises. Our foundation firm in You.

Amen.

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