This morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” my thoughts drifted to the plight of many of God’s people in the world today! Some experiencing trials of all kinds, difficulties, pressure, persecution, even poverty and pain – people of faith, good people, righteous people. The writer of Hebrews described them this way. “Some were tortured…Some were jeered at, their backs were cut open with whips, Others were chained in prisons. Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground. All of these earned a good reputation for their faith!” (Hebrews 11:35-39 NLT)
That’s not just a description of what has happened to people of faith in the past – it describes some of the challenges godly, good people are facing today! Maybe even some of you who read this today (This morning I prayed for you!).
But I read a wonderful word of assurance in Isaiah… One day God will act! It’s a glorious day that we can all look forward to with joyful anticipation… Here it is right out of the Bible. May it encourage your heart, increase your hope, and inspire your praise!
“O LORD, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God. You do such wonderful things! You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them… You are a tower of refuge to the poor, O LORD, a tower of refuge to the needy in distress. You are a refuge from the storm and a shelter from the heat… [One day] the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will spread a wonderful feast for all the people of the world… He will remove the cloud of gloom, the shadow of death that hangs over the earth. He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign LORD will wipe away all tears. He will remove forever all insults and mockery against his land and people. The LORD has spoken! In that day the people will proclaim, ‘This is our God! We trusted in Him, and He saved us! This is the LORD, in whom we trusted. Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings!’” (From Isaiah 25:1–9 New Living Translation)
A brighter day is coming – God Himself has promised it! Praise the Lord!