What do you rely on during your day to keep you going? I chew gum, turn up the music, threaten myself with the disapproving look of my boss. What happens when the world starts splintering, someone pulls a gun, people die? What do you rely on?
The strongest country around? A pretty good ally? Israel chose Egypt, and God shook His head. Isaiah 31-32 tell of how God let the crutch of Egypt break, but stepped in to defend Jerusalem Himself. Like a lion over his prey. Like birds hovering by their nest, God would protect, deliver, spare, and rescue. And it would be obvious that it was not a human sword.
But the enemy was still coming. Tragedy still happens. Night takes over time and again. But there is hope! A better world is coming! Justice, righteous rulers standing like hiding places in storms, like streams of water in dry places. And good and bad will be obvious, and not flip-flopped anymore.
But for now, the judgement is coming, and everyone can weep over it. It is coming, until…
“until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,
and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,
and the fruitful field is deemed a forest.
16 Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
and righteousness abide in the fruitful field.
17 And the effect of righteousness will be peace,
and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust[c] forever.”
And it would be the Promised Land as it was intended. And the Spirit is poured out. So it is only a matter of time.
We are so weak. The journey is so long. It is a long time to wait for the pain to end, and we do not know how much longer we can last. The sky is so dark. Where is the water in this desert? And yet when we reach the end of ourselves, we can truly see God act.
God, thank You for Your work, Your patience on us, Your never-ending passion to see truth come. You feel the heartache and the gut-wrenching pain that can’t come out through tears. Please help those caught in the middle of tragedy. Please help those of us tensing every so often in wariness to stop running, striving, seeking to save ourselves, but look to You. How do You call us to respond to tragedy? How did You respond to tragedy? You stepped in the middle and spoke peace. Please help me to see and listen. Amen.