Advent: God With Us – The Refiner’s Fire

Excerpts from Isaiah 59
v. 1-2: Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save,
or his ear dull, that it cannot hear;
2 but your iniquities have made a separation
between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden his face from you
so that he does not hear.

v. 9-16a: Therefore justice is far from us,
and righteousness does not overtake us;
we hope for light, and behold, darkness,
and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.
10 We grope for the wall like the blind;
we grope like those who have no eyes;
we stumble at noon as in the twilight,
among those in full vigor we are like dead men.
11 We all growl like bears;
we moan and moan like doves;
we hope for justice, but there is none;
for salvation, but it is far from us.
12 For our transgressions are multiplied before you,
and our sins testify against us;
for our transgressions are with us,
and we know our iniquities:
13 transgressing, and denying the LORD,
and turning back from following our God,
speaking oppression and revolt,
conceiving and uttering from the heart lying words.
Justice is turned back,
and righteousness stands far away;
for truth has stumbled in the public squares,
and uprightness cannot enter.
15 Truth is lacking,
and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.
The LORD saw it, and it displeased him[a]
that there was no justice.
16 He saw that there was no man,
and wondered that there was no one to intercede.

Song: But Who May Abide The Day of His Coming?
But who may abide the day of His coming, and who shall stand when He
Appeareth? For He is like a refiner’s fire. (Malachi 3: 2)

Current Events
Should we pray for the defeat of ISIS, or their conversion?

Pray
He can do far more abundantly beyond all that we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). Our little minds can imagine ISIS being defeated, even to some extent many of their fighters being converted. Both of those would be glorious things, and yet God may have something bigger in store, beyond all of our imaginings.
Using the above article to spur you onto prayer, pray for both the defeat and conversion of ISIS – and pray in faith, knowing how great our God is, asking that He be glorified through these dark days, and being bold to ask for even more.

Along with this, I ask that you join me on Thursdays to fast – whether from food and water, just food, or something non-food like social media – and spend that time praying instead.

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