1 Be quiet and listen to me, coastlands, and renew your strength, nations. Approach me, then speak your case; We will draw near together for judgment. 2 Who has roused salvation from the east, called him to his foot, brings nations before his face and subjugates kings? He brings them along like the dust of his sword, like scattered stubble attached to his bow. 3 He pursues them but passes on peacefully; he does not enter the path with his feet. 4 Who has accomplished and done this, calling the generations from the first , I, Yahveh, am first; and I am the one coming with the last ones. 5 The coastlands have seen and are afraid; the ends of the land tremble. They have drawn near, and they have come. 6 Each one will help his neighbour; he says to his brother, “Take courage!” 7 And the artisan encourages the refiner; the one who makes smooth with a hammer encourages the one who strikes an anvil, saying of the soldering, “It is good!” And they strengthen it with nails so it cannot be knocked over. 8 But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you, the seed of Abraham my loved one. 9 You whom I grabbed from the ends of the land and called from its remotest parts and told, “You are my servant; I have chosen you and I have not rejected you.” 10 You must not fear, because I am with you; you must not be afraid, because I am your God. I will strengthen you, indeed I will help you. Yes, I will take hold of you with my right hand which delivers.
choosers or the chosen?
Notice the contrast that Isaiah makes here. The nations choose their own gods, and fashion them of wood and stone to their liking. But Yahveh has chosen Israel, and he will outlast those chosen gods. Now, reader, I must ask you. What god have you chosen? Is he made in your image? Is your God one of your own liking, or are you seeking to follow the one who has chosen you?
LORD, we surrender to your sovereign choice. Teach us who you really are. Do not let us fashion you to our own liking.