In today’s Old Testament reading (Isaiah 55:6-11), Isaiah talks of how God is merciful, looking to pardon and forgive those who do not believe or those who may not live in his image. While doing that, God also acknowledges that we as people are not God and may not be able to fully comprehend God. The Word of God is instead intended to be treated and viewed as an inflection point, a beginning to a greater level of thought or healing. In essence what Isaiah is attempting to convey is that God knows the Word may not be taken literally and we may not live exactly as God’s Words intend; instead God knows the Word is an investment. Those words are never intended to be followed perfectly, but instead Isaiah seems to infer the intent of the Word is to be a launching point to live a better life.
Personally, I find it comforting that God doesn’t intend us to follow his Words “to a T.” It reminds me of sitting in math class in high school and walking out of a lecture thinking, “Well, I have no idea how this equation functions, but at least I get the general concept.” To me, learning seems often forgotten in the Bible, and its absence can be somewhat alarming. This passage, however, shows me God knows the plan and that even if at first the answers don’t come easily, they do eventually come to fruition through a process of understanding – however slow that process may be.
Throughout Lent I encourage everyone to remember that change and understanding doesn’t often come readily assembled as a loaf of bread, but often begins as a small seedling. If you are struggling with something, know to be kind to yourself! Understand that God knows change takes time, and through small increments you will not be left empty.
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