By God's grace, I listen. By God's grace alone do any of us listen because when we listen we clearly hear people's hearts, and often people's hearts tell us that some days are harder than others. Some days are so hard that all that people can do is mumble, "This too will pass." They pray that time will just move on.
And time does move on.
But so does God and his promises.
Like time, God and his promises move along in life with us, which is why we can savor memories and celebrate new beginnings and anticipate the future all at once.
One of my favorite chapters in the whole Bible is Isaiah 25. It's full of celebration that God is faithful. He has blessed us in the past. His promises for the future are true. And for the present, for days like today, he's our strength, our shelter, or whatever we may need.
May God bless you through His word and this encouraging passage of scripture. Please don't race through it, but savor it, cherish it, and meditate on it. God will bless you through His word.
Isaiah 25:1-9 -- "(1) O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
(2) For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the foreigners' palace is a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.
(3) Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you.
(4) For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,
(5) like heat in a dry place. You subdue the noise of the foreigners; as heat by the shade of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless is put down.
(6) On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
(7) And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations.
(8) He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.
(9) It will be said on that day, "Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation."