"Haven't you been paying attention?" Isaiah asks.The words of Isaiah continue to challenge us:
"Yes, you have gone through a lot. Yes, you're still not where you want to me," Isaiah says, in recognition of their pain.
Then he adds, "Yet."
Being the Creator means being the Lord.
"Do you think the stars control your destiny? Well, just remember who created the stars. And then take consolation that the one who creates is the one who continues to care."And, I've been reading Allen & Williamson's Preaching the OT. Here's a great quote from them:
Isaiah does not promise that God will do everything for the people. God will empower them to cooperate with God as God's covenant people in bringing life and well-being to light.Suggested reading, John Holbert's take on this passage, "Listening to Our Inner Jobs": http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithforward/2012/02/opening-the-old-testament-lectionary-reflections-on-isaiah-4021-31/
God is not a tool that we may use to meet whatever needs we have.
God is the One whom we are to love with all our selves and on whom we may rely to do for us everything it is appropriate for God to do. But there are things appropriate for us to do, one of which is to find the courage to take Isaiah's words to hear.
Lectio Divina: Isaiah 40:29-30