The reading for today is Isaiah 46:3-5.
3 Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob,
all the remnant of the people of Israel,
you whom I have upheld since your birth,
and have carried since you were born.
4 Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
5 With whom will you compare me or count me equal?
To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?
Isaiah is writing this at the time the Israelites are in captivity in Babylon. In this section, God is chastising them about their faith in false gods and idols. The Israelites are carrying these idols in their carts and on their animals. God tells them that He has carried them since birth. They must choose to put God first and renounce the idols.
If you think about what we carry when we go somewhere, it is amazing. This past year was not one of much travel, so I did carry much less with me. When I used to go on business trips, I would find a good part of my luggage was consumed by my laptop, cellphone, their chargers, headphones, and other essentials. These are things we carry to support our lives. God is telling us that He is all we need.
A number of years ago when we participated in the Partnership for Missional Church, one of the Dwelling in the Word passages was Luke chapter 10. In that Jesus sends disciples out to spread the word. He tells them to take nothing with them - no purse or bag or spare clothing. He tells them to eat and drink what they are given. God provided all they needed.
Dear Lord, we pray that we trust in You to provide for us. Help us to lean more on You as we travel through this life.
Prayer Concern - for those whose lives are so wrapped up in material things that they cannot make room for Jesus.
Alternate verses - Psalm 147:1-11, 20c or Matthew 12:9-14.