06 Mar Isaiah 1:18 (There Is Always Hope)
Posted on Tuesday 06 March, 2012
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“Come now, let us set things right, says the Lord. Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they may become white as wool.” ~ Isaiah 1:18
Rob’s Reflections: Thomas Jefferson once said, “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; his justice cannot sleep forever.” It is proper for us to tremble when we reflect that God is just, but we should also reflect on Isaiah’s words today and reflect that, for those who desire it, God is merciful as well. As we look upon a world that every year destroys its unborn by the millions, we should reflect on God’s Justice. However, we cannot allow our anticipation of that Justice to cause us to lose hope. Isaiah reminds us that no matter how bad our sins and the sins of the world may be, we can always be washed clean. Those sins are washed clean through God’s love. Isaiah quotes the Lord as saying “let US set things right.” God’s love can only wash our world clean if we are strong enough to hope for that love and partner with God in that love.
Faith Challenge: Commit yourself to teaming with God today. Reflect on these words from Saint Augustine: “He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.” Do you have enough hope to consent to God’s Love?
Faith Quote: “There is always hope.” ~ Aragorn; Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
Through Christ Our Lord,
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will and His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (and families): Abortion (images) is #1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 and Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers and re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.