This Month's Promise

“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.”

- (Nahum 1:7)

Read: Jeremiah 16: 10-14


“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; ... ” (Isaiah 11: 1)

Because of the rebelliousness of the Jews, the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem in 586 B.C. and took the people as captives. With that David’s kingdom came to an end. Even though the people eventually returned from exile to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple, the monarchy of David was not restored. The family tree of David was cut down by the Babylonians, left as nothing more than a stump. That day, the day on which Jerusalem and the temple were ransacked and destroyed by the Babylonians, was the dark and desolate one in the history of the Jews. Their anchor of hope, everything they had expected in the future as God’s people, seemed to crumble along with the city walls. But this tragedy did not mark the end. God promised that a new shoot would emerge from the stump of David. In Isaiah 11: 1 the prophet said, “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse, from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.” Isaiah referred to God’s Messiah as the “Root of Jesse”. Isaiah also predicted that the new Branch would judge the wicked. God the Father did in fact give that role to Jesus later. (John 5: 22) But Jesus would not be a judge who would condemn the people, instead He would remove the sin and wickedness from the hearts of His people.

Dear friends, we all face times during which we feel cut off, as though all our hopes has evaporated and everything meaningful in our lives has dissipated into thin air. An unexpected turn of events can make our lives feel as though they have been reduced to a mere stump. At those times in particular we must remember the promises God made through Isaiah. All is not lost and God has a glorious future planned for each one of us. Despite the despair that rules the moment, God promises restoration beyond our ability to imagine. If we are willing to focus on Him instead of one the futility of current situation, our eyes will be opened and we will see Jesus in a new way as the One who brings us back to our Father’s home.

PRAYER: Lord, when Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem and cut off David’s kingdom, there was nothing remaining than a stump. But You caused shoot to rise up from that. Even now my hope of future may be bleak, but I believe that You will surely restore it to glory. Amen