Week 1 : Saturday 5 December

posted 13 Nov 2015, 21:07 by Solihull Parish   [ updated 13 Nov 2015, 21:07 ]

Isaiah 30: 19-21

The prophet Isaiah wrote to the Israelites:

18 Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you;  therefore he will rise up to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.
19 Truly, O people in Zion, inhabitants of Jerusalem, you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when he hears it, he will answer you. 20Though the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. 21And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’

 

The people had turned away from God – they were rebelling and not listening to God and are not obeying his commandments. (Rather like the person who built their house on sand.) And things had gone very wrong and the people were suffering. They then wondered where God was. Why didn’t God seem to be doing anything to help them? (The old problem of ignoring God most of the time and then wondering why we get ourselves into difficulties and expect God to wave a magic wand and help us out.)

Isaiah tells the people that there will come a day when they will realise that God IS present in their community and God IS hearing their cries of suffering despite their rebelling. And, furthermore, the suffering WILL end. God will hear and God will answer and God will guide them saying, “This is the way, walk in it.”

“This the way: walk in it.” What does that mean in your own life?

We see God working through Jesus, through people and through events. Not always, but often if we stop and reflect. Sometimes if you stand still, you notice things that you might not have noticed before. Give it a go!

But we are also surrounded by suffering – often caused by humanity not walking in “The Way.” Some suffering we see seems to have no reason – it has just happened and is random.

Offer to God all those people and places where you see suffering.

God calls us to be people of compassion and weep with those who weep.

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