The scripture for today is Isaiah 42:14-21.
Israel Blind and Deaf
18 “Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see!
19 Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send?
Who is blind like the one in covenant with me, blind like the servant of the Lord?
20 You have seen many things, but you pay no attention; your ears are open, but you do not listen.”
21 It pleased the Lord for the sake of his righteousness to make his law great and glorious.
Reading this passage from Isaiah, I do not know whether I should feel comforted or frightened. Perhaps both reactions are appropriate for a sinner/saint like me. In our sin we are “blind” and “deaf” to God’s presence. We may hear but do not take time to listen to others who are different from us. We may notice suffering in the world around us, but do not see our complicity in it. We put our trust in idols of social standing and the stock market and the accumulation of stuff. We deserve to be put utterly to shame.
Yet God promises something else. Our God of grace and mercy, the Word who is life itself, says, “Listen” and the deaf are made to hear, and, “Look up!” and the blind see. God guides us on a new path, lighting the way before us and making the rough places level. Through the righteousness of Christ, we are no longer forsaken but called saints, so that we may point to the glory of God.
Ella Vandervlugt firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern – Those who chose to be deaf or blind to God’s grace and mercy.