Today was not boring. Have you ever lived a day and wondered afterwards what world you were living in? I shopped with three different groups of friends, went on two walks, and was on one long sugar/caffeine high all afternoon. I have gone from craving a quesadilla to gummy worms, with fiery spicy foods bridging the gap. It has been crazy, and I am glad to finally laugh and go to bed.
It is hard for me to imagine someone in the Bible having a day like this. Granted, they probably did not have gummy worms, but I struggle to see them as everyday people, just living in a day-to-day life. It is surreal.
But, stepping into Isaiah and trying to see their perspective, the prophet was the one not making sense! It woudl be like today if a giant tsunami hit the west coast, or World War 3 broke out. For them, it was an end of their very dictated way of life, defeat by an enemy nation. What would daily life look like? What did God want?
Isaiah 33 lays it out, opening with an image of God speaking:
“You who are far away, hear what I have done;
And you who are near, [j]acknowledge My might.”
14 Sinners in Zion are terrified;
Trembling has seized the godless.
“Who among us can live with the consuming fire?
Who among us can live with [k]continual burning?”
If in the middle of our crazy lives we stop to ask who God really is and start looking for how He is working, it can be sobering! He is God! How should we live?
“15 He who walks righteously and speaks with sincerity,”
There will be a difference in our actions, and the way we respect people with the truth.
“He who rejects [l]unjust gain
And shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe;”
Rather than lining our pockets, turning our pockets inside-out to make sure nothing got inside.
“He who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed
And shuts his eyes from looking upon evil;”
We don’t avoid evil, but we do not enjoy rehearsing it or participating in it.
“16 He will dwell on the heights,
His refuge will be the [m]impregnable rock;
His bread will be given him,
His water will be sure.”
Jesus spoke in Matthew 7 about the house built on the Rock, that alone would stand. A home, food, water. In the most desperate times, the most basic things would be provided. This stemmed from a lifestyle of honesty, the hunt for good, a quest in the middle of daily living.
17 Your eyes will see the King in His beauty;
They will behold a far-distant land.”
“For the Lord is our judge,
The Lord is our lawgiver,
The Lord is our king;
He will save us—”
This surpasses the thrill of the everyday. This is why mundane obedience matters. This is the Bible image of daily living that can translate living for God into a world of shopping malls and interstates. Because God is the just Judge of the world, preparing to rule, and we get to advertise His kingdom.
God, please help real life to contain a greater awareness of You, working in the good and the hard. It is easy to forget and get caught up in the pursuit of the fun-tastic. It is hard to see the people in the Bible living where we are. And their world changed in day. So can ours. God, thank You that You stay the same, and call us to a better life than we pursue for ourselves. Please help me to follow You in the mundane, and recognize it as a pursuit for better! Amen.