This passage shows two sides of an experience: the side of need for deliverance, and the rejoicing when deliverance has come. I find myself emerging from a time in life where deliverance was needed, over and over again, for many years on end.

And what I see now is how that trained my mind to focus in on those parts of any scripture passage. Challenges engaged my every day experience, and the Holy Spirit would show time and again that God is my Deliverer.

Now He shows me a different side. He shows me the celebration, the faith, the promises…the abundance in life God promises. He shows me that a year of jubilee has come, that there will be challenges in life, but it will be different.

So I focus on the promise. I focus on the faith. And I focus on the One who both delivers and plans for the future.

Where is your focus?

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