Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, but I blessed him and made him many. For the Lord will comfort Zion; he will comfort all her waste places, and will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song. Listen to me, my people, and give heed to me, my nation; for a teaching will go out from me, and my justice for a light to the peoples. I will bring near my deliverance swiftly, my salvation has gone out and my arms will rule the peoples; the coastlands wait for me, and for my arm they hope. 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.
Food For Thought:
This passage is a beautiful passage about God’s remembrances of each and every one of us. God watches over us and cares for us. God will not forsake us, God will be with us. This is a wonderful passage to read when one is going through a difficult time. I had a conversation with a friend the other day about God’s presence in our lives in the midst of suffering. God walks with us in the midst of suffering. I am always reminded of the words that God says throughout Scripture, “I am always with you.” Today, I would like you to think of someone who needs to hear these same words from you. I am always with you. Reach out to them today with a call, a card, a thinking about you text, etc…
O God, you blessed Abraham and Sarah and made them a great nation. Keep us in remembrance
of the rock from which we are hewn, that the waste places of our lives may blossom to your glory. In your sacred name we pray, Amen.