Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Sabbath: Leading to the Perfection of Creation
Long Island MTC, New York
24 Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear.
passage, we read about an Almighty Creator who is unrelenting in His care and
love for His followers. Isaiah particularly highlights the theme of former and
latter things. Isaiah writes that “the former things will not be remembered”,
and rather focuses on how God will make a new pathway for His people (vs. 17).
In this week’s Bible reading, the passage begins with the assurance that the
Lord will create new heavens and a new earth, as well as a renewed Jerusalem
where the people will be filled with joy. Ultimately, we learn how God is in
complete control of time and longs to bless His people who serve Him evidenced
in the following verse: “For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my
people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands” (vs. 22).
may endure tribulations, trials, and temptations. However, Isaiah points out
that God is constantly watching and listening to His people’s prayers and
cries. Isaiah writes, “Before they call I will answer; while they are still
speaking I will hear” (vs 24). While we may experience misfortunes and pain,
the Lord will never abandon or forsake His people. Walking with God elicits a
life where labor will not be in vain (vs. 23) and where harm will not be
invited (vs. 25) because He is a constant source of protection. Above all,
Isaiah praises God for His promise of restoration and underscores God’s
followers as “a people blessed by the Lord, they and their descendants with
them” (vs. 23).
Lord, we come to You humbled and thankful for Your unending love. We pray that You help us to seek You in all times – both in times of misfortune and joy. We ask that You help us to stay disciplined in our faith and walk with You always. Amen.
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