I hear the Lord say to the West…

I hear the Lord say to the West: Many are the cries of the afflicted. Great are the sins of the proud. Many years I have waited but have found no one. 

“Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the Lord. “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.

I have brought this about for my name’s sake. The hour has come for the barren to bear fruits. I desire to taste them in your everyday lives! Where is the peace I have left with you? Where is the mercy I taught you to desire more than sacrifice? Since when did you consider yourself so highly as a leader of faith when I was angry with you? Did you not recognize how far you had drifted away from me? When will you revere me? Oh, but I say:

“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. 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. 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. 

Do not fear what is going to come. Do not fear my reproach. For there is a debt you have to pay to those around you but hear me when I say I already paid the full price for you to return to me! There is nothing that stands between you and me, I have washed you clean! Return to me, my bride! Return to me! You will be healed when you revere my name!

“For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. 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. “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. 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.

Remember my covenant of peace with you. Remember what price I have paid for you so that you can be with me. I am neither resentful nor bitter when I say this to you. I am God. I just want you back. I want you to love me with everything you are. Pay the price of love to everyone around you, show me that you want to return to me: love one another as I have loved you. You have all you need- you have me, I am all you need.

(References: Isaiah 54:1-10, Isaiah 59:16-20, John 14:27, Hosea 6:6, Exodus 3:14, Malachi 4:2, Romans 13:8)

02/28/2022
Seulji Chung

The Simplicity of His Words – In Memory of Reformation Day 2021

October 31st is Reformation Day in Germany. (It is good that there is a different name for this day in the year than Halloween.) Many years ago, Martin Luther took a – for him, I’m sure – tremendous step of faith to tell the whole world the truth that salvation is reached through faith and by grace only. This truth is the gospel that we Christians believe in and yet for many it has been and still is, I find, maybe too simple to receive. “No, God’s love cannot be that radical and revolutionary; it cannot be that incomprehensibly patient and faithful, that generous.” In believing so, people come up with the same life-stealing, self-destructive ideas again and again. Really, there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9)! People drive innocent children into madness and the weak into despair. Are we any different when we choose to comply? When we choose to play along?

I had a surprising, reformational encounter with God yesterday during worship and will talk about the revelation as the Holy Spirit leads me but for now it suffices to say that reformation begins today, right now, in our own lives when we do as He says in Isaiah 30:15: “Come back to me! By returning and resting in me you will be saved. In quietness and trust you will be made strong.” (TPT)

It is simple. Or – is it too simple for you? Oh, I am asking this question myself, my friends!