Monday, February 13, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Sabbath: Leading to the Perfection of Creation

Julie George,
Long Island MTC, New York 

24 Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear.

In this 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).

    Followers 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.


Both God and His followers long for a life of unending joy and reconciliation; we can attain this path by seeking Him at all times through prayer and faith.