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Advent 2022 – Day 4: Isaiah 9:13

The people did not turn to him who struck them, nor inquire of the Lord of hosts.

Isaiah 9:13, ESV

At Advent, we look back at why Jesus had to come, that He came, and then that He will come again.

We do horrible things to each other and against God.

We don’t like to believe that God punishes people, either. However, the Old Testament shows how often Israel disobeyed God, and God allowed and even sent disasters and armies to correct them and draw them back to Himself.

But we like to think we know better, so we refuse to go to Him or even blame Him for everything wrong in this life.

How could He allow such bad things to happen? How could a good God let evil happen to good people?

But He has told us that none of us are truly good, that we don’t seek our Maker.

He sends and allows because He has given us the choice to ignore, hate, and refuse Him.

Yet God came to us, willingly taking our hatred and accusations and refusals to the cross, giving us in return grace and forgiveness and acceptance.

Yes, God sends things that hurt but it to draw us in, and He also sends Himself to hold us.

May we seek the Lord who draws us in.

VerseD: Psalm 34:19

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

Psalm 34:19, ESV

We like to think we can handle all life throws at us, but often the world mistreats the people doing what is right. Thankfully, our God and Savior warned us, prepares us, and redeems us, giving us hope for eternal life with Him, finally free from pain and worry.

VerseD: Psalm 59:16

But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.

Psalm 59:16, ESV

It is amazing the peace and strength God can give us during difficult times, especially when we seek Him in the midst of our day and problems.

VerseD: Hebrews 12:11

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Hebrews 12:11, ESV

Our world largely seeks to avoid pain and difficult circumstances (or seeks them wrongly), but God will allow and even send painful circumstances to help grow more like Christ.

VerseD: Isaiah 40:29

He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.

Isaiah 40:29, ESV

Trials, temptations, and pains come out way that make us want to give up the faith, walk away from it responsibilities.

God moves in our weakest moments to give us faith and strength to persevere.

VerseD: James 1:2-3

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
James 1:2‭-‬3, ESV

When troubling time comes, we rely on Christ’s love and the Holy Spirit, knowing that God is staying us closer to Himself through our circumstances.

VerseD: Psalm 27:4

One thing have I asked of the Lord , that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.
Psalm 27:4, ESV

Is our heart’s desire to be with God? Trials, troubles, and challenges should draw us closer to Him, for He is our only hope and strength.

VerseD: James 1:12

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12, ESV

Our world adores and God expects His people remain strong in difficulties. Show the world God’s glory by holding to His promises, no matter how difficult the circumstances, and see Him face to face.

VerseD: Matthew 5:7

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
Matthew 5:7, ESV

With the difficulties of life, when we show mercy to a hurting world lashing out at each other, they can see the hope of Christ’s mercy through us.

VerseD: Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord , plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11, ESV

God’s promise is not to keep us from harm or painful experiences, rather His promise is to make us ever more like the Son and prepare us for eternity with Him.