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Judgment and Redemption

Open hands toward God. People sitting around a Bible in prayer. The Bible verse from Isaiah 59:15b-16 ESV, "The Lord saw it, and it displeased him
    that there was no justice.
He saw that there was no man,
    and wondered that there was no one to intercede;
then his own arm brought him salvation,
    and his righteousness upheld him."
by Beeda Speis for Peace in the Stillness blog

I wanted to share part of Isaiah 59 with you because I feel it’s relevant to what’s going on in Ukraine, and the world’s reaction. Trying to choose a few passages is proving most difficult because it’s all good. Verses 1-13 talk about Evil and Oppression. Verses 14-21 talk about Judgment and Redemption. If you have time, I recommend reading the whole chapter.

For our purposes, we’ll focus on 15b-19. God was looking for someone to intercede on behalf of His people, however:

“No man stepped forward to work with the LORD, so the LORD put on his armor and went to destroy His enemies, protect His people, and glorify His name.”

(David Guzik, EnduringWord.com)

This morning I read that Russia has taken possession of the nuclear plant. Each piece of news like this feels like defeat and I wonder, “Why? Why is this happening?” I know it’s not our place to question God. I know that He has a plan. I know that war is because of the Fall. I know all of that, but as a human who’s praying fervently, I can’t help but ask God, “Why?”

A woman on IG shared a story of her cousin who lived in Ukraine with his wife and daughter. The husband had to leave on business and while he was gone, war broke out and he can’t get back to them. He’s lost all communication with them. Can you imagine how he feels? What he’s going through?

I’m just laying it all out here. I’ll keep praying and hoping. Everything is under God’s control. He is sovereign over all things. Everything happens in His perfect timing. I pray so hard on behalf of the Ukrainians.

Bible Verse of the Day

The Lord saw it, and it displeased him
that there was no justice.
He saw that there was no man,
and wondered that there was no one to intercede;
then his own arm brought him salvation,
and his righteousness upheld him.
He put on righteousness as a breastplate,
and a helmet of salvation on his head;
he put on garments of vengeance for clothing,
and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak.
According to their deeds, so will he repay,
wrath to his adversaries, repayment to his enemies;
to the coastlands he will render repayment.
So they shall fear the name of the Lord from the west,
and his glory from the rising of the sun;
for he will come like a rushing stream,
which the wind of the Lord drives.
Isaiah 59:15b-19 ESV

Prayer

Lord, our hearts are so heavy and so burdened for the people of Ukraine. Father, we come to You as intercessors and fervently pray for the end of this war. We fervently pray for the protection of Ukrainians. We pray for the family mentioned above and all people who are in a similar situation. Please, Father. Help them. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Give

If you would like to donate to the crisis, this is a Christian organization through IMB. (This isn’t an affiliate link, it’s just an organization that I trust). SendRelief.org

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