What I Read Today;
1 Corinthians 6; Matthew 22; Isaiah 30; Psalm 81; Ezra 6; Leviticus 1
In the movie 13 Days President Kennedy is confronted with voices all around him. His military and much of the civilian leadership are demanding he go to war to remove the nuclear weapons that have been discovered in Cuba.
Kennedy, however, knows that this would likely trigger a full scale nuclear war which no one would win.
In one particularly tense scene, he his brother Bobby and Kenny O’Donnell leave the military leadership and sit in the Oval Office. It is here that Kennedy says, “there is so much noise.”
President Kennedy would go on to disregard his Military leaders advise and, in what is now scene as a brilliant move, he would use diplomacy to end the crisis.
In Isaiah 30 vs. 15 we read, “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”
And in vs. 18, “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him.” NIV
We worry and we fret, because there is so much noise in our world today. Voices coming at us in so many directions that we can’t comprehend half of what we’re hearing.
Yet, Isaiah is telling us to quiet our minds and trust our God. He’s telling us to find those moments where we can commune with our God. Turn off the phone, the tablet, and the TV, and rest easy in the gracious, and loving God we serve. The God who yearns to show compassion and love to each one of us.