by Pastor Glenn Crouch
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How gracious he will be when you cry for help! (Isaiah 30:19)
The prophet pleads with the people to turn to the Lord. If only they would ask him for help, he will be so generous with them. They were suffering from the oppression of Assyria, and it looked like they may be wiped out, as their northern brothers and sisters had been. But Isaiah speaks with confidence that the Lord is going to save them. Thus, they should put their trust in their Lord!
We see in this passage (verse 20) what Martin Luther referred to as the alien work of God. He doesn’t enjoy our suffering; rather, his desire is for our good. He is a God who gets his hands dirty by getting down into our mess with us. Even when we are suffering due to our own sin, God’s desire is for us to turn to him.
Do you feel out of control? Have things gone horribly wrong? Surely your Father in Heaven – who did not withhold his dear Son but sent him to live, die and rise again because he loved you – surely this God will have compassion on you and will bless you. Turn to him, cry out to him, and he will save you.
Lord of all Creation, help me to turn to you when I mess up. Please help me turn to you in the bad times and the good times. May your Holy Spirit enable me to see more clearly the blessings that you give me. Amen.