Date: Wednesday, September 11
Scripture: Isaiah 25:1-10
Verse: On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. (Isaiah 25:6)
Even as I write the date at the top of this devotion, I am struck with sadness. September 11 is no longer just a day like any other. It is a day we remember an act of terror so great, so previously unthinkable, it staggers the mind even twelve years later. It serves as a reminder of the brokenness of our world, and how filled with hatred we can be toward one another.
This passage from Isaiah comes out of similar pain, but looks forward to a much better day. These verses are like an Old Testament version of Revelation. The prophet sees the day when God’s enemies will be defeated (vs 1-5), and a new day of God’s rule and reign will emerge (vs 6-10). In the day to come, there will be plenty of the finest foods (a sign of God’ s presence and provision), death will be no more, and God will “wipe away the tears from all faces” (see the parallels in Revelation 21:3-4). What a great day to which we can look forward.
Today we remember pain, a pain etched deeply in us as a nation. It is also a day to look forward to the new heaven and new earth yet to come.
Prayer: In the midst of our pain, O God, we cry out, longing for your kingdom to come. Amen.
Action: Remember those whose lives were lost in the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
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