He gives us stories /// of great comfort

from anger to comfort

As we draw towards Christmas, people often go to Isaiah 7. However, as I was reading through Isaiah recently, I came to chapter 12 and it really struck me!

It celebrates the transformation from the righteous wrath of God, to the consolation His people find in Him, as His anger turns away and brings comfort [12:1].

In verse 2, he says that God IS my salvation and that he has BECOME my salvation underlining the fact that salvation only comes from the LORD. Therefore, he shouts, “I will not be afraid!” [v2]. He is not afraid of the enemy nations that surround him because God is his salvation!

Instead, with joy, he proclaims His name to the nations [v3–4] because he has seen the glorious things that the Lord has done [v5]!

Today, as we build towards Christmas, we can reflect on the reality of these words and see that the words of the prophet have been fulfilled—because we now live “in that day...” [v4].

In that day you will say:

“I will praise you, Lord.
Although you were angry with me,
your anger has turned away
and you have comforted me.
Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defence;
he has become my salvation.”
With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.

In that day you will say:

“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done,
and proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things;
let this be known to all the world.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion,
for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”
— Isaiah 12:1–6

Today, we can experience the reality that God dwells among us

We live in that day where the resurrected Jesus dwells not just among us, but within us by his Holy Spirit!

The righteous wrath of God was thrown upon Jesus on the cross so that with great joy, we can declare to our neighbours this Christmas time, that Jesus Christ saves!

Jesus has come to restore all people from all places to Himself; to experience the comfort that only He can bring.

What a gospel we have to share!

He gives us stories ///

Throughout Advent, Refuge is posting a selection of stories of God’s work in our lives. Each morning of Advent, we will be sharing these stories for the encouragement and upbuilding of the Church—and to testify to His greatness. For the series introduction click here.

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