51:12-13 “Who are you that you fear
mortal men, the sons of men, who are but grass that you forget the Lord your
Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth,
that you live in constant terror every day because of the wrath of the
oppressor, who is bent on destruction?”
time I turn on the television there is someone telling me how unsafe we are and
how it is someone else’s fault.
Terrorism is all we hear about, unless of course we’re hearing about war
and how that breeds terrorism. Terror,
fear, shootings, disasters…even the haven that used to be the Weather Channel
has a special series about possible mega-disasters called “It could happen
tomorrow.” Great. Whose idea was that? Do we need more fear in our lives?
only election tactic on either side seems to be making us realize that we are
completely vulnerable and likely to be blown up if we vote for the other party,
the above words from Isaiah seemed to leap off the page. “What are you doing being fearful of mere
mortals?” God asks. “Have you forgotten
who’s in charge here? Did any terrorist
lay the foundations of the earth or set the stars in their courses? Why do you cower in fear of those who are
bent on destruction?”
might argue…it’s that destruction part we’re not so fond of. We would really rather not be blown to little
bits, and if God is really in charge, shouldn’t God be doing something about
good question, and God’s answer takes the long view. God will one day stop the destruction and put
new creation in its place. While here in
the middle chapters, we are reaping the consequences of the abuse of our human
freedom, the final pages will bring justice and show the powers of destruction
to be a mere puff of smoke, blown easily away by the first creative breath of
times when I get caught up in smallness.
I am just worried about what is going to happen to me and those I know
and love. If I am safe, I think little
about those who are not. If I am in
danger, I’ll do anything I can to get out, even if it puts future generations
I pull back and take God’s long view, I feel more peace. Maybe I won’t see God’s ultimate justice
while still in my human body. Maybe I’ll
see a day when my own hometown looks like
Say no to
fear. We make bad decisions when we are
fearful; we can’t think clearly. Don’t
forget your Maker who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the
earth. Even in the midst of war, be at
peace. Love, love,
love…even our enemies.
God who created
and is creating, help us to leave fear behind and find our peace in you. Amen.
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