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以赛亚书 35:3-4 你们要使软弱的手坚壮，无力的膝稳固， 对胆怯的人说：“你们要刚强，不要惧怕！看哪，你们的神必来报仇，必来施行极大的报应，他必来拯救你们。
在读以赛亚书的时侯，我们通常会把第35章和第36章分为两个不同的部分。但是当一起阅读这两章的时候，你会突然感受到神的信實。在第35章，神对那些信任他的人说他会“使软弱的手坚壮，无力的膝稳固，因为你们的神必来报仇，必来施行极大的报应，他必来拯救你们。”当神的百姓收到威胁的时候， 神绝对不会暂停。神肯定不像那拉伯沙基在36 章描述的那样。这个拉伯沙基就显出他多不了解耶和华神。先说 “希西家岂不是将神的丘坛和祭坛废去”, 然后说 “耶和华吩咐我说：‘你上去攻击毁灭这地吧’”， 然后最后问 “难道耶和华能救耶路撒冷脱离我的手吗？” 神就在前一章才说了 “耶和华救赎的民必归回，歌唱来到锡安，永乐必归到他们的头上。” 虽然按时间来看，可能过了一段日子，可是神的应许永远不会改变。 无论经过多少时间，神都会完成他应许的一切。
今天也是如此。在我们周围，会感觉世界正在背弃神。我们可能也会面对很真实的攻击和挑战。但要记得耶稣的应许在 约翰福音16:33， “我将这些事告诉你们，是要叫你们在我里面有平安。在世上你们有苦难。但你们可以放心，我已经胜了世界。” 所以，让我们坚定的守住神给我们的应许，在神赐给我们的力量和恩典站立的稳。我们知道我们服事的主已经胜过这个黑暗的世界。
亲爱的天父，感谢你提醒我，当我们走过黑暗的时候，你永远是信實，可靠的神。 无论是正在面对或者以后会面对的事，你会陪我走。 虽然我看不到前面是什么，我知道你会带领我。求你帮助我，让我跟信任你。奉主耶稣的名祷告，阿们！
When reading through Isaiah, we would normally separate chapter 35 and 36 into two different sections. But suddenly, when reading these two chapters together, you have a sense of God’s consistency. In chapter 35, he promises that those who trust in him he would “strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way” because he would “come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” God will not sit still when his people are threatened. He is certainly not like the field commander describes him in chapter 36. This field commander shows just how little he knows of the Lord, asking “isn’t he the one whose high places and altars Hezekiah removed” and “the Lord himself told me to march against this country and destroy it” and finally asking “How then can the Lord deliver Jerusalem from my hand?”. In just the chapter before, the Lord promises that “those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads.” Although time wise, it seems that chapter 35 and 36 are two separate occasions. But, God’s promises will never change. No matter how much time has passed, God will fulfill all that he promises.
The same is true today. All around us, it may seem like the world is turning its back against the Lord, and we may face very real threats and attacks. But Jesus promises in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace。 In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Let us then hold fast to the promises that our Lord has given us and remain strong in His strength and grace, knowing that we serve a God who has already overcome the darkness of this world.
Dear Heavenly Father,Thank you for the reminder that even in dark times, you remain faithful. That no matter what I am facing or will face in the future, you will walk with me. Even if I cannot see what it ahead, I know that you already know the way. Help me trust in your guidance. Pray in Jesus’ name, Amen!