look to that rock

June 2015 (23)Isaiah 51:1-5

1 “Listen to me, you who are pursuing righteousness, who are seeking Yahveh. Look to that rock from whom you were hewn, and to that deep pit from whom you were quarried. 2 Pay close attention to Abraham your father, and to Sarah; she brought you forth. Because I called him when he was one but I blessed him and made him numerous.” 3 Because Yahveh will comfort Zion; he will comfort all its sites of ruins. And he will remake its wilderness like Eden, and its desert like the garden of Yahveh. Joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and a sound of song. 4 “Listen attentively to me, my people, and my nation, listen to me! Because an instruction will go out from me, and I will cause my justice to rest for a light on peoples. 5 My righteousness is near; my salvation has gone out, and my arms will judge peoples. Coastlands wait for me, and for my arm they wait.

look to that rock

In the Ben Affleck movie Paycheck, the hero of the film wakes to find his memories erased, and people are out to get him. His only help is found in a package he has sent to himself, with a bunch of odd trinkets and clues. But these clues are his way out of his problems. I could not help but think of that when I read today’s text. The Israelites are in terrible danger of defeat and destruction. Isaiah tells them that their only hope is the one thing they have left – a relationship with God. Their heavenly Father brought them up from one man, whom he called to himself and made into a numerous nation. Now, he is asking them to trust in him. He is asking us to do the same thing.

LORD, give us the wisdom to use the one thing we have that cannot be taken from us, to pursue your righteousness and deliverance.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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