August 18

Isaiah 51:4-6

“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and those who live on it will die like gnats; but my salvation will be forever, and my deliverance will never be ended.” vs. 6

The people of the prophet’s day worried about their continuing existence and the prophet affirms their concerns. The heavens will vanish and the earth will wear out. We live in a time when similar concerns plague our hearts and minds. We worry about the future and what life will be like for our grandchildren. Climate scientists are telling us that the increase in average temperatures over the last decades is cause for alarm. Global warming has become a reality and the projected additional two or three degree increase will have catastrophic results in many areas of the world, particularly for the poor and for those who live in the coastlands. At the present time, even though the signs of the looming disaster are undeniable, there is little inclination to do anything about it. And some simply say there’s nothing to be done–it’s just a part of the natural cycle of cooling and warming. For most though, it’s a scary time–and we worry about the future of this old earth. The prophet reminds us that God’s salvation can never be lost, and that there will be deliverance. Right now, it’s hard to imagine what that might be like, but it is a promise worth hanging on to!

Thought for the Day: What hope is there for the earth?

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