O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence— as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him. You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed. We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people.
Food For Thought:
In this passage of Scripture, the prophet Isaiah talks about how God is an angry God. This is not the image of God that I have on a regular basis, because I understand God to be a loving God. But I get where Isaiah is coming from. Isaiah thinks that God is an angry God because Isaiah is angry that the people aren’t faithfully following God’s commands. Not until I had children of my own did I understand this kind of anger. Not that my children make me angry on a regular basis, but they are little humans and they have minds of their own. They want to make their own decisions about how to live their lives. They don’t want to be told how to live their lives. Even when they know the right choice to make, they don’t necessarily follow the commands of their mother, or their father, or their teacher. All of this is to say is that God loves us so much, even when we make bad choices, stray off the path that God desires for us, and don’t live up to the standard that God knows we can live up to.
Creator of the world,
you are the potter, we are the clay,
and you form us in your image.
Shape our spirits
by Christ’s transforming power,
that as one people
we may live out your compassion and justice,
whole and sound in the realm of your peace. Amen.
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