Isaiah urging the listeners/readers to honour and trust God with a series of beautiful pictures of God’s love.
It’s permanence is a big theme.
He compares it to the temporary things we pour our effort and money into. This is truly nourishing food, permanently satisfying, free of charge. It feeds our soul.
He talks about the steadfastness of God’s love for David – presumably both him and his line which would lead to Jesus. He talks about other nations recognising God.
Other themes are God’s compassion and effectiveness, which are both more than they can imagine. They are to use the opportunity of their life to understand – seek – God. It is about individual grace and God’s larger scale plan of love.
There is a great image of God’s word being like rain or snow to water the earth and bring life. It’s not just sound, it’s sustaining and active.
They are full of fear, doubt and rebellion, but the peace God will bring is cosmic, the whole of creation will celebrate – mountains sing, trees clap.
Second day back at work. Full of sadness at my bind of needing to work, and fear I am too old and weak for it.
Irrational I’m sure. I made a few mistakes that are gnawing at me, I need to ‘fess up, fix them up and move on.
It’s resonating with me the bit about God’s thoughts being way more complex than I can understand… The bit about recognising I am dumb matches my current mood. God’s character is love, wisdom and steadfastness.
That’s why I’m safest to just do what is right by his lights in faith, when everything in me feels like lying, laziness or quitting would deliver more calm and happiness.
I’ll tell you how it goes!