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Precious promises

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 29 days ago | 3528 views Link: https://goo.gl/vd1iKp

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

In Isaiah 51, the prophet is addressing Israel, the people God had chosen as His.  He addresses them as those who pursue righteousness and seek the LORD.  He tells them to look to Abraham, their father, and to Sarah, who bore them.

We know that many Israelites followed the Lord faithfully and pursued Him rightly.  But there were many who did not.  Paul tells us that not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel and not all are children of Abraham because they are of his offspring, but the children of promise are counted as offspring.

Paul quotes Hosea in saying, “Those who were not my people I will call my people, and her who was not beloved I will call beloved.  Gentile believers are included in that number and we are able to look at Isaiah’s words in chapter 51 to God’s people and draw great comfort from God’s promises there.

God says He will comfort Zion so that joy and gladness will be found in her.  The Lord provides comfort in whatever situation we find ourselves as we look to Him.  His Spirit within us is called the Comforter.

God says His salvation draws near, His salvation has gone out.  What greater comfort is there for a believer than that his or her salvation is secure?  God says His salvation will be forever, and His righteousness will never be dismayed.  Again, He says His righteousness will be forever, and His salvation to all generations.

He reminds us that His law is in our hearts and we should not fear the reproach of man.  A few verses later, again, He assures us of His comfort.    He reminds us of His power in creation to assure us of His power in every situation facing us. 

He tells us that the ransomed of the LORD will have everlasting joy on our heads; will obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.  Then He repeats that He is the one who provides comfort.

Even though bowed down by circumstances, we will not go down to the pit nor shall our bread be lacking; assuring us of His provision.

Isaiah reminds us that the LORD pleads the cause of His people and that we will not drink His wrath.  Our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus drank the cup of wrath for us so that we will drink it no more. 

God’s precious promises in this chapter through His prophet never fail.  We can take great confidence in the power and faithfulness of our God.  We are comforted in every situation by His steadfast love for His own.  We have deep joy in the salvation He has provided and rejoice in His continual care.

May we live with grateful hearts in all situations.  May we rejoice in our Savior’s love.  May we proclaim His goodness to those who don’t know Him. 

Dale

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Donna Dean

Amen!

Larry Dean

Amen and amen!

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Mary Leadbetter

What a blessing.

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Julia Stonecipher

Praise God that He is always faithful, even when we are not, and that He provides us with His grace and mercy at ALL times.
On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 7:46:45 AM CDT, Dale Stonecipher on The City <(email address removed)> wrote:

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