A long night has finally ended. People wearied by the darkness slowly wait the rising of the dawn.

Worn by sin, wearied by the displeasure and judgment of God, His people long for better days.

Out of the blackness, just before the coming of the dawn, a voice from heaven pierces the blackness!


The prophet responds, “What should I cry out?”

Never has a more profound question been raised by a prophet, facing a people who were under God’s difficult hand of judgment and who had experienced silence from that God for many years. Those people were finally going to hear from God!

But…what would they hear? What sort of “word” would pierce their dark night? A word of further judgment? A word of conditional deliverance coupled by warnings?

No – a word of grace:

“Behold your God!”

What a glorious, grace-filled Word!

The God who judges sin has judged. This same God is also a God of endless, splendid mercy – and in this mercy He comes to deliver and heal and restore His people.

Words of comfort, healing, grace, and mercy.

So lift up your hands. Make straight the roads. Fill the valleys and dips in the roads – the God of this Word is coming – with grace!

Sam Horn

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Dr. Sam Horn is the EVP for enrollment and ministerial advancement at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. Prior to BJU, Sam served at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Northland International University, and various churches in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Sam and his wife, Beth, have two children - one is married and one is in high school.