I Will Help You #adventbookclub

The Lord’s Chosen Servant

Israel, you are my servant.
I chose you,
the family
    of my friend Abraham.
From far across the earth 2013-05-19 10.13.52
    I brought you here and said,
“You are my chosen servant.
    I haven’t forgotten you.”

10 Don’t be afraid. I am with you.
Don’t tremble with fear.
    I am your God.
I will make you strong,
as I protect you with my arm
    and give you victories.
11 Everyone who hates you
    will be terribly disgraced;
those who attack
    will vanish into thin air.
12 You will look around
    for those brutal enemies,
but you won’t find them
    because they will be gone.

13 I am the Lord your God.
I am holding your hand,
    so don’t be afraid.
I am here to help you.

14 People of Israel, don’t worry,
though others may say,
    “Israel is only a worm!”
I am the holy God of Israel,
    who saves and protects you.
15 I will let you be like a log
    covered with sharp spikes.
You will grind and crush
every mountain and hill
    until they turn to dust.
16 A strong wind will scatter them
    in all directions.
Then you will celebrate
and praise me, your Lord,
    the holy God of Israel.

The Lord Helps the Poor

17 When the poor and needy
are dying of thirst
    and cannot find water,
I, the Lord God of Israel,
will come to their rescue.
    I won’t forget them.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA18 I will make rivers flow
    on mountain peaks.
I will send streams
    to fill the valleys.
Dry and barren land
will flow with springs
    and become a lake.
19 I will fill the desert
    with all kinds of trees—
cedars, acacias, and myrtles;
olive and cypress trees;
    fir trees and pines.

20 Everyone will see this
    and know that I,
the holy Lord God of Israel,
    created it all.

However dry the deserts, however far away, however frightened – God has not forgotten us, protects us, holds us and is here to help us.

The new life brought by fresh water will come, barren lands will be refreshed, deserts will be filled again with life.  God will come to help us.

God’s promises through his servant, the one who comes.

As Water to the Thirsty

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