Do not fear, O soil; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things! Do not fear, you animals of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness are green; the tree bears its fruit, the fig tree and vine give their full yield. O children of Zion, be glad and rejoice in the Lord your God; for he has given the early rain for your vindication, he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the later rain, as before. The threshing floors shall be full of grain, the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. I will repay you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent against you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame. You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other. And my people shall never again be put to shame.
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me in this passage of Scripture is “Do not fear.” This is the very first line in the passage we are looking at, but it popped out to me because of how many times in Scripture God tells people “Do not fear.” It appears all over the place. I think it appears because we spend an inordinate amount of our lives fearful about silly things that are out of our control. Think about the things that we fear. Sometimes these are real fears, but other times they are not. Write down some of your fears. Could faith in God help you to overcome some of these fears?
(This prayer comes from St. Teresa of Avila)
Lord, you are closer to me
than my own breathing,
nearer than my hands and feet.