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God’s Meanwhile

December 11, 2018

You and I know they mean well.

They say things like, “When one door closes, God opens another one.”

What I’ve found, and maybe you have as well, is that it can be rough out here in the hallway.

Their platitude is often not real helpful.

Those times between when “one door closes” and “another one” opens can leave us groping into the darkness.

Nevertheless, promises Isaiah 9:1, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress.

One of the primary keys to understanding some of the prophecy in our Old Testament is the understanding that time can be elastic. Past, present, and future seem to meld together and disappear into one another.

Isaiah 9:1 speaks of the future (there will be no more gloom) and the past (those who were in distress), but we still live in this present time.

I’m thrilled to know there’s a day coming when there will be no more gloom.

But I know people who are currently living in distress.

Just as it’s all getting overwhelming and I’m ready to tap out,  I hear an echo of something from somewhere: I’m not afraid when you walk at my side.

Yup, that’s from Psalm 23.

It goes on: Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.

Couple those two truths with Isaiah 9:1 and realize that in the midst of everything we get glimpses of part of the promise that There will be no more gloom for those who were in distress.

God’s Meanwhile is better than their Mean Well.

Looking forward to seeing you back here tomorrow.

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