The season of hurricanes often finds us seeing people on T.V. who have totally lost their homes. Such was Sandy in 2012. Homeowners stand stunned at first, then weep over so many treasures washed away—memories only. They are pushed to the limit with the question: “Why me?” As the answer eludes them, they stand at the brink of either despair or hope. What is God going to do about such loss?
Isaiah presents a similar challenge to the pride of the city of Ephraim, capital of Samaria. Here the loss comes not from without, but from within—drunkenness. Notice the many times there are references to being intoxicated: five times in verse 7 alone.
Is there a “hurricane” of spiritual or actual drunkenness that pounds away at the house of your being, threatening its foundations? Be sobered by the amazing grace of the Lord who can rebuild you from the bottom up.
What are these?
God, a garland of glory v. 5
You give rest to the weary. v. 12
Christ, a precious cornerstone v. 16
Thou wonderful in counsel v. 29
This is the first week in Kingdomtide, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets; in this season, we continue reading Isaiah.
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