Talks and Reflections by Brian Boobbyer

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God's Promises from Isaiah

Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.

He will destroy death for ever and wipe away the tears from all faces.

Thou will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusted in Thee.

He that believeth shall not make haste.

The Lord waits to be gracious unto thee. Your ears will hear a voice behind you saying: 'This is the way, walk ye in it.'

His breath is like an overflowing stream.

The desert shall rejoice and blossom like the rose - the blind shall see, the lame will leap like a deer, the dumb sing for joy. Streams will break out in the desert, and a stainless highroad will appear.

They that wait on the Lord will renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings as eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not lose heart.

Fear not, for I am with thee. I have paid your ransom. I have called you by name and you are my own. I have taken you by the hand and I will keep you and give you to be a light to the nations.

When you pass through deep waters, I am with you. No river shall overflow you.

I will pour out my spirit on your children, and they will spring up like willows by flowing streams.

Even to your old age I am He: I have made and I will bear.... I have refined thee and chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

The Lord called me before I was born. From my mother's womb He pronounced my name. He made my mouth like a sharp sword, made me into a polished arrow, and hid me in his quiver, and He said: 'I will give you to be My salvation to the ends of the earth.'

I have set my face like flint.

He will turn the wilderness into the Garden of Eden.

Through His wounds we are healed, upon Him was the chastisement that made us whole.

Enlarge the place of your tent, for you will spread abroad to right and left, and your descendants will possess the nations and all thy children shall be taught of the Lord.

Come unto Me, hear, and your soul shall live, and I will make an everlasting covenant with you.... Nations that knew thee not shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God.

I choose to break every yoke, so that you feed the hungry, house the homeless, clothe the naked.

Then shall your light break forth as the morning, and the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and you will be like a watered garden, whose waters fail not.

All who accept these things will be called oaks of righteousness.

Since the beginning of the world, eye has not seen, nor ear heard, the things God has prepared for those who wait for Him.

All our righteousness is like filthy rags, but Thou, Lord, art our Father. We are the clay, and Thou our potter, and we are all the work of Thy hand.

These promises come from different translations. I have carried them round for many years. They deal with sin, death, sorrow, old age, deep waters, despair - and offer peace, life, strength, unhurriedness, a world that is ours to love and possess, and his guidance moment by moment.


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