What I Read Today;
Philippians 2; Luke 15; Isaiah 26; Psalm 59; Numbers 16-17
Isaiah 26 is entitled Judah’s Song of Victory. I think it should be retitled, finding peace in a crazy world.
In verse 3, Isaiah says, “Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—in peace because they trust in you.” NRSV.
I have to admit that in the last couple of weeks, I feel like I’ve been kicked a hundred times. At work, I’ve had personnel issues, equipment issues, and increasing demands from our corporate office. On the family front, my wife’s brother had a heart attack. He’s OK; however, it was a close call. To put a bow on the past few weeks, I get a call last Saturday that one of my employees has smashed a truck into a dumpster and done a ton of damage. That made this week a wonderful week.
I chuckle when I read that I’m supposed to have peace.
Yet when I read verses 8 and 9, things become more evident to me. “In the path of your judgments, O Lord, we wait for you; your name and your renown are the soul’s desire. My soul yearns for you in the night, my spirit within me earnestly seeks you.” NRSV
Judah was definitely struggling as Isaiah wrote these words. They had faced invasion, corrupt civil and religious leaders, and seen their nation ripped in two. God was telling the faithful not to give up. He was telling them that he knew what was happening and that he was still in charge. He was telling those faithfully following God that they could trust in God.
I needed to read this message today. I needed to remember that God never promised an easy road. But he did promise to travel that road with me. God never said I would understand everything. Yet he did promise that he was in charge and that I could trust in him. Finally, he promised me that in the end, I would see his face, and he would grant me eternal peace.
Those are promises you and I can bank on.