4 “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.Do not fear disgrace;
you will not be humiliated.You will forget the shame of your youth and
remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.5 For your Maker is
your husband— the Lord Almighty is his name—the Holy One of Israel is
your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.6 The Lord will call
you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—a wife
who married young, only to be rejected,” says your God.7 “For a brief moment
I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.
8 In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment,but with everlasting
kindness I will have compassion on you,”says the Lord your Redeemer.
9 “To me this is like the days of Noah,when I swore that the waters
of Noah would never again cover the earth.So now I have sworn not to
be angry with you, never to rebuke you again.10 Though the mountains
be shaken and the hills be removed,yet my unfailing love for you will not
be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,”says the Lord, who has
compassion on you.
1. Silence – Read/Listen – Meditate – Pray – Contemplate
2. What is the word or phrase that touches you today as you read and
meditate on this passage? What is your emotion as you read this
word or phrase? How is that related to your current situation? What
does God tell you to do?
3. When you hear God saying that he turned his back in anger only
for a moment but was not giving up on the relationship (esp. verses
7-8), what is your emotion? If this reminds you of someone in your
life (past or present) that had made similar promises to you but reneged
later, talk with God about it.
4. Read v10 as if God’s speaking to you right now. Spend a few minutes
sitting quietly in his presence, enjoying the tranquility of that
space before you move on to the rest of your day.
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.