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Tested

There comes a point in any test of hardship, where words of encouragement have little meaning. Even the encouraging words from the Lord reach that limit. In the same line where He says, “I will sustain you”, He also says, “I will rescue you”. There comes a point when the only thing that will sustain us is the rescue. 

Though these words from Isaiah are regarding a hardship of punishment, I believe they are fitting, as well, for other hardships. “I WILL NOT ACCUSE FOREVER, nor will I always be angry, FOR THE SPIRIT OF MAN WOULD GROW FAINT BEFORE ME”. 

The Lord knows we have limits. At a point, it is only His help that will actually help. Then and only then will these words have their full impact. “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you.” 

There comes a specific time that the Lord, “having tested us in the furnace of affliction”, turns on a dime – it’s not with words, it is with help – and he says, “See, I have taken the cup out of your hand, the cup that made you stagger.” 

For those who hope in Him, He says, “they will not be disappointed”. “By a mere rebuke I dry up the sea, I turn rivers in to a desert.” 

For Your rebuke, we wait.

 

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