He Will Do It Again

See now, the Lord, the Lord Almighty,

is about to take from Jerusalem and Judah everything they depend on:

every bit of bread and every drop of water,

the hero and the warrior, the judge and the prophet,

the diviner and the elder, the captain of fifty and the man of rank,

the counselor, skilled craftsman and clever enchanter.

“I will make mere youths their officials; children will rule over them.” (Isa 1:1-3)

Sometimes God takes away the things we depend on.  We can lose our job.  We can lose a relationship.  We can lose our health.  We can even lose our church.

God can take away that strong leader whom we relied on, and put someone who feels like a child, a simpleton, in their place.  Some in our nation feel as if that is happening right now.

So much was taken away from the early believers.  Jesus died, and then went up to heaven.  The church was persecuted, and it had to split up.  Disciples were jailed, beaten, and even killed.

But look at what Paul wrote about this:

We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it.  In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.  And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.  II Cor 1:8-10

God allows us to experience loss so we learn to rely on him. This was certainly the case for the Jews in the time of Isaiah.  They needed to learn that all they put faith in was worthless.

And sometimes it’s true for us as well.

What I like about the passage in II Corinthians is that we see how God is faithful.  Even though we feel like we’ve lost everything, we never lose God.   He is always with us.  And he will rescue us in the end.

It reminds me of the song, “Do It Again” by Elevation Worship.  Here are some of the lyrics:

Walking around these walls
I thought by now they’d fall
But You have never failed me yet
Waiting for change to come
Knowing the battle’s won
For You have never failed me yet .  . . 

I’ve seen You move, You move the mountains
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
You made a way, where there was no way
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again

God wants to rescue us.

The ropes of death entangled me; floods of destruction swept over me. The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death laid a trap in my path. . . He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters. Selections from Ps. 18

How do I explain that I am at peace this week, when I was in so much turmoil before?  I see myriad strands of ways God worked to weave together a change for me.  How do I explain that so much of what I’ve dreaded hasn’t come to pass?  It could only be God. It could only be God who put marriages back together, who moved hearts to repent, who put the right person at the right place at the right time.

I want to keep repeating the words of the song, and keep believing that God has moved the mountains and he will do it again.

He will allow us to go through the loss of everything we depend on.

And out of that, when it seems at the worst, he will rise up to give us relief, and work in amazing ways.

To him be all glory and praise.

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