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Jesus interrupted the funeral procession of a widow's only son because he had compassion for the woman. He raised the boy back to life and gave him back to her mother. Out of grief, despair, and death, Jesus brought help and hope. Jesus is help and hope for those in need.
In Isaiah 40, the prophet preaches about the comfort that God will bring to his people when they learn to trust him and depend on him. Many times, we worship our own idols rather than the living God. Nothing can compare to God. Let us wait for renewal from him.
Our hope is the salvation promised to us because of the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. We need to be founded in this hope so that we can gently answer those who ask why we hope the way we do.
As the book of Malachi closes, God chastises his people one last time for reckless attempts at pseudo-obedience and reminds his people that he does hear his faithful ones. Ultimately, the day of the Lord will come, and consequences will exist, both for the faithless and for the faithful. The faithful will be lifted up by the Lord and the faithless will be cast down. Stay faithful by obediently serving the Lord from your heart.
Jeremiah sent a letter to the survivors of the exile. The letter exhorted the people to not dwell on the past but move ahead in hope. For a church that has survived, this message of hope has much to say to us as well.
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