After such a harsh winter this year, I am relieved that spring has finally arrived. I have been contemplating and praying about the season of spring in the life of our church. I found three comforting scripture passages that compare God’s faithfulness with the arrival of spring. I hope that these springtime promises of God will bless you as they have blessed me. I invite you to pray them daily this April.
8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people,
to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.
10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
and righteousness will look down from the sky.
12 The Lord will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him,
and will make a path for his steps.
Isaiah 44:3-5 (NRSV)
3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour my spirit upon your descendants,
and my blessing on your offspring.
4 They shall spring up like a green tamarisk,
like willows by flowing streams.
5 This one will say, “I am the Lord’s,”
another will be called by the name of Jacob,
yet another will write on the hand, “The Lord’s,”
and adopt the name of Israel. (continued on next page)
A Call to Repentance
6 “Come, let us return to the Lord;
for it is he who has torn, and he will heal us;
he has struck down, and he will bind us up.
2 After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will raise us up,
that we may live before him.
3 Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord;
his appearing is as sure as the dawn;
he will come to us like the showers,
like the spring rains that water the earth.”
Indeed on the third day, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was resurrected from the dead by the Holy Spirit. God will revive his children and raise us up to live before him in Christ’s resurrection. May we as a church press on to know the LORD and await his coming like the spring rains!
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