The Holy One of Israel is Coming dougfloyd 12/2003 Crushed under the discipline of her God, Israel has

been scattered into foreign lands. Her cities burned, her temple desecrated, her people broken. The swift and terrible Day of the Lord has come but instead of routing the enemies of Israel, it has routed Israel. Driven into captivity, her people wait and weep, wondering if they are forsaken forever. “Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God, “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem…” The prophet’s words now drip like soothing warm salve on open wounds. Yes, punishment is swift and the discipline is harsh. But God has not forgotten or forsaken. He remembers and He is coming. Prepare the way! Prepare the way! He is coming! The valleys of defeat, the valleys of weakness, the valleys of failure, all the valleys of the shadow of death, all the valleys now will be filled. The places of weakness will become the places of strength. The mountains rising ominous in the horizon are coming down. The path of the Lord is straight and level. No one stumbles or loses his way on the path of the Lord. He is coming! And the whole land trembles with excitement. The One who Is and Was and Is to come is coming! The All Mighty, Creator of heaven and earth is coming in power! When He appears in His power and might, He will comfort. Yes the victorious warrior, all powerful, Lord Supreme comes as a gentle shepherd to hold His people close to His heart. This is good news! Good news! Shout it out from the mountains! It seems too good to be true. He is coming to feed and gently guide His people. HE who holds all the oceans in His hands; HE, who measures the heavens with His fingers; HE, who knows the weight of the mountains and the hills; HE, who is all powerful, all knowing, all present, and all consuming. HE IS COMING! All the sacrifices in this world are not enough to move Him. All the rulers and armies of this world are nothing compared to the power of His Word. Look into the heavens. Behold the stars. We are one tiny universe in a sea of billions of universes. Yet He reigns supreme over all. He knows every single star by name. Nothing exists that he did not create, nothing exists that He does not sustain. He is the All in All: The Beginning and the End.

This Great and Mighty God is coming! He is coming! He is coming! And He comes to strengthen the weak, sustain the weary. He comes to comfort His people and lead them into the fullness of His life and love. Watch. Watch. Watch! For He is coming. And as Jesus has said, “Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.” (Luke 12:37-38)