The Good, the Bad and the Lovely

Isaiah 12

A description of God’s Kingdom. When His Kingdom comes we will sing praise because He has comforted us, brought us salvation, taught us to trust, to not be afraid and to be strong. My favourite is verse 3, “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”

Isaiah 13

Not so for God’s enemies (Babylon). They will be full of fear, their hearts will melt and the darkness that comes around them will match the evil in their hearts. They will be repaid for their evil deeds.

2 Thessalonians 1

The dear church is “in” God, Christ’s name glorified in them and you in him. Across national divides we are bonded as “brothers” (ie. Family). The economic commodities of this community of grace are not of this world namely faith, perseverance in hardship and love for one another. When these things are growing God’s kingdom is coming. The Lord’s rule accompanies his kingdom, judging us worthy of suffering and paying back trouble to oppressors. Despite his awesome blazing fire and majesty of his power, his glory is in… “his holy people” (v.10). God’s community is like his crown. The ultimate union of Creator God full of power with his redeemed glorified people (once full of flaws) is indeed something that will cause us to marvel at him. Marvel. Do you marvel at God yet? Pray for each other that we might live in full awareness of these dense themes expounded here in one short chapter. By holding firm with his help, verses 11 and 12 will become true, that your purposes will align with his and our faithful actions will become a dance in step with his Holy Spirit. Bring on the dance!

One thought on “The Good, the Bad and the Lovely

  1. Thanks Matthew. How can we not marvel at a God who created the universe and the atom? A God who created the laws of physics? A God who numbers the hairs on our head? I marvel that such a great God can be bothered with me, one of 6 billion (7billion?) people on the earth. Even more He loves me and wants the best for me.Bring on the dance!

    Lindy P

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