Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
A Life with a Message
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” (6)
Walter Brugemann writes, “A central theme of the Bible is covenant, the notion of making commitments and keeping them, of making promises and fulfilling them.” God extended his covenants, for example, to Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and to the people of Israel. In each of these instances, God established and offers his covenant promises to his people, and God kept the promises he made. Meanwhile, God’s people often failed to honor such promises, adopting lifestyles that displeased God.
Isaiah 55 is centered on the theology of covenant where God promises covenant life to the exiles of Israel. It is in the read passage that God is graciously inviting and calling the exilic community to return to him and adopt a covenantal lifestyle. Thus, the prophet is urging the people to return to God in a right relationship because only in that relationship could they have new life; only in that relationship could they live fully. We are also called to do the same. We must remember that God mediated a new covenant in Jesus Christ. It is in Christ that a new relationship between God and humans was established. At its core, the new covenant is Jesus Christ himself. He embodies everything the new covenant is. In himself, he enables us to be reconciled to God. In Jesus Christ, we are given a new basis for our relationship with God.
We deserve to be eternally alienated from our holy God and therefore completely separated from the joy of knowing him and experiencing his eternal blessings. But the good news is that we don’t have to be eternally alienated. Instead we can live in the joy of full harmony with God because of Jesus Christ, specifically because of what he did for us in his death and resurrection.
In this day and age, it is becoming increasingly difficult to live faithfully in the covenant relationship that God desires. We live in an increasingly capitalistic and materialistic society. We tend to rely on the comforts of this world for our own well-being. We often succumb to the erroneous objectives of the world instead of responding to God and forgetting what God has graciously done for us that we break the covenantal relationship that he offers. When we are satisfied by what the world offers, we forsake our relationship with God. Such living denies the reality of the crucifixion and the resurrection of Christ, because such living refuses to live in light of the fact that Jesus died and rose so that we might enter into a new relationship with our Creator.
Prayer: O Lord, help us to live in a right relationship with you so that we may experience a new and meaningful life that is pleasing in your sight. Amen.
Thought for the Day: It is not through anything that the world offers that we can experience a renewed and meaningful life; it is only through being faithful to the new covenant in Jesus Christ that this is accomplished.
Rev. Christopher Phil Daniel, St. Stephen’s M T C, New Jersey