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Thursday, February 25 Read Isaiah 54:6-10

“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10

Hope Amid Chaos

The prophet Isaiah, living in troubled times, witnessed the faithfulness of God many times.

We see many human tragedies and failures in our world today. Human intervention always seems to fall short of any real solutions. Governments struggle to govern but are plagued by corruption and deceit. Terrorism always lurks in the shadows. We have witnessed Fascism, Nazism, Communism, African tribal wars, ethnic wars in Croatia and Islamic terrorism in the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

One episode leads to another. The death and destruction stops only with intervention from the outside. But there’s no real solution, and so it starts again somewhere else. Chaos seems to rage down through the ages.

Isaiah speaks to us today to be faithful and full of hope.

God sent his Son as a lamb to atone for our sins. Christ has promised to return. Our hope is to trust in God and challenge our government leaders to choose the high road in their decisions regarding human suffering.

Though the mountains may shake or move, God's love for us is constant. He sacrificed his only Son to die for our sins. God will provide the solutions for the challenges to come, but we must be watchful and follow the example of the Suffering Servant. We must hold our crosses high and become good Christian soldiers.

Lord, show us the path of righteousness and open our minds and hearts to your will. Reward our hope with your love and care, and guide us with your blessing.

Richard McDiffett

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