You stood before creation
Eternity within Your hands
And you spoke all life into motion
My soul now to stand
I started a little light reading this week: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching on the Isaiah 40-66 by Paul Hanson. OK. maybe not so light. But Isaiah is one of those books of the Bible that has blessed me in different seasons of my life. Sure, it’s a book filled with “doom & gloom”. The Israelites were a nation that had been invaded, subjugated and scattered. They had chosen to follow their own paths, to compromise their faith, and to ignore God’s pleas to return to Him. It’s heady stuff. But as in many books of the Bible, there are treasures hidden in its pages. I love digging for treasure.
By chapter 40-ish, Isaiah begins to speak on God’s plan to redeem His people. His intent had never been to abandon them to their circumstances. Before the exile, the temple had been the centre of their worship, but the temple was destroyed. Isaiah reminds them that God alone should be the centre of their worship. Isaiah 40:25-26:
To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
Hope for deliverance starts with a reverence for the Creator. In the presence of God’s majesty, I feel very small and insignificant. But if He calls the stars by name and cares for each one, how much more will He care for me?
During this pandemic, I sometimes feel like I’m in exile. It’s easy to focus on what I’m missing (and who I’m missing), and to be discouraged in the waiting. I am thankful for the reminder that, just as God didn’t leave the Israelites, He isn’t going to leave me. Regardless of where I am, He is the still the centre of my life. Tonight I am going to look to the stars and reflect on all that He has made.
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