November 23

Isaiah 64:1-5

“O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence…to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence!” vs. 1

The prophet was impatient with the hiddenness of God! He had a deep and abiding faith; he was convinced that God had acted in mighty ways in Israel’s past. But now there was no sign of God’s presence, at least from his perspective, and he longed to see the nations tremble. We know that feeling! The world is having a rough time. Nations are rising against nations! Almost every day there is word of another massacre–and there seems to be no clear path to victory in our battle against COVID-19. It would be nice if God would intervene in an unmistakable fashion, bring down the tyrants from their thrones, lift up the downtrodden, and bring the pandemic to an end. What the prophet didn’t understand, and what we often fail to see, is that God never has been hidden, and God has never gone away. God is present in our world right now and signs of God’s rule are all around us. Wherever people stand firmly on the side of truth and love, wherever the servants of Jesus generously open their hearts to the poor and the needy, God is present in a mighty way. Granted, some days it may seem as though evil is triumphing, but that’s an aberration. Christ is here! Christ is active! And Christ will win the day!

Thought for the Day: What does the rule of God look like? 

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