Warmth in Winter

Isaiah 21:3b-4

I am bowed down so that I cannot hear; I am dismayed so that I cannot see. My heart staggers; horror has appalled me; the twilight I longed for has been turned for me into trembling.

I realize the above Scripture doesn’t start off our new month on a high note, but perhaps we need reminding that a walk through the Word isn’t like a walk in the park: it’s like the walk of life. Don’t you wish you could just flip past difficult days the way you can flip past difficult Scriptures Maybe you woke up this morning with great ambitions, but they’ve already been derailed by a sore throat or a flat tire or an unexpected phone call. Maybe you hoped for an Isaiah 11-type landscape, full of peace and harmony, but, instead, you awakened to an Isaiah 21-type landscape, full of doom and gloom. Look to your Savior, Christian! Remember the way He embraced His agony, suffered trauma with courage, and endured it all for the Father’s glory and for your good.

Even if you feel your heart staggering rather than soaring today, remember: Isaiah 21 isn’t the final chapter of the gospel story , and today isn’t the final chapter of yours.