The theme of blessing continues strongly in this chapter filled with God’s loving move upon God’s people. The blessing is the stronger as we celebrate Christmas. Look at the extent to which the Lord goes to redeem us and to have divine life present in us.
The cry of the Lord rises in verses 21 ff. after God has described the emptiness of idolatry in detail. Your Creator is also your most loving parent who wants to share everything with you, the beloved. God will forget all your sins; just return to the Lord with all your heart. Nothing less than the whole heart of God is focused upon you; God wants nothing less in return.
We have anything but a boring, distant God! Let the fresh loving joy of the Lord in this chapter quicken the fullness of life and joy in your own heart.
Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets
In the season of Advent to Epiphany this year, we read Isaiah chapters 40 to 55.
For the Firestarters and readings for everyday over the three-year cycle, see “Ebook and Paperback” in the menu options. The ebook costs only $6.00. I have it on my phone and can go right to the Firestarter for the day. It’s a marvelous daily devotional and resource for Bible Study groups. Pastors will find it an excellent resource as seeds for sermons. –Pastor Nick