just a glimpse

Sunday November 30th Isaiah 64:  3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.  4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. This is the expectation of Isaiah.  When God returned to earth, it would be a show of force such as the world had never seen.  The sky would turn, the mountains tremble, everyone would tremble and know that God was coming and everyone would know whose God it was that was coming.  God however had a different idea. Instead of might and awesome power, it was a baby in a manger.  Sometimes we also want a God of Might and Anger not night and manger.  Sometimes we want a God who will show all those others who is Right with a capital “R".  But then, sometimes we get just a glimpse of how tough God really is.  Sometimes we get a glimpse of the loving God Immanuel, and Oh how much harder it is to come as a loving God in a manger rather than the mighty God in anger.  It is then we know that God calls us to that kind of toughness also, the toughness that can only come through gentleness and love.


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