Thursday, September 2, 2010

I Will Help You

I Will Help You

See, I am concerned for you and I will come to help you. Ezekiel 36:9

The children of Israel were struggling. They were conquered by a vicious enemy. Their families were torn apart. Many lives were lost, as well as their homes and property. The majority of them were living in exile in a foreign land. In shock, they wondered about their future.

The Lord speaks, through the prophet Ezekiel. The chapters leading to thirty six paint a dark picture. Yet, there is hope. The Lord knows they are suffering. He is aware of their hard times. In response, to their suffering, he lets them know that he is concerned. The God who created the universe, who holds everything together, is concerned about the children of Israel. He feels this way because he truly loves his children. As such, he will pour his love out on his children.

Similar to the time, many generations prior to Ezekiel, the Lord heard the cries of the children and he gave them Moses to deliver them from bondage at the hands of the Egyptians. In the text, the promise is similar. He says he is concerned for them and he will come to help them. He does the same today. We are reminded that to those who received Him [Jesus] to those who believe in His name, He gives the right to become children of God. John 1:12. Then the gospel of Matthew finishes with a promise stating that [He] will be with us always. Matt. 28:20.

Even in the midst of trouble and calamity, we can turn to the Lord for strength and encouragement. He promises to express his concern for us and to come to help us. Lord, thank you for your many promises. Thank you for being with us now, and through the end of this age. Help me to love you more with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. In Jesus name.

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