COMPASSION WITH JUSTICE
Isaiah 30 advises that those who are left after rejecting the Lord’s message of salvation, that repentance in ‘quietness and trust’ was their strength they would flee. Flee like a flagstaff on a mountain top, like a banner on a hill. Yet, the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion, for the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him. Gracious even when you cry out for help. As soon as he hears he will answer you. (Verse 18-20).
This merciful compassion to us is overwhelming. No matter how wrong we get life God remains gracious.
He leads us to repentance quietly and offers us trust, requests rest with his compassion and promises justice. He asks us to ‘wait’ and to ‘hear’ his answer as we ask for help. Our God gives us so many second chances toward salvation but the process can be painful. He pleads for nations and his people (us) to come near, to pay attention, to let the earth hear and all that is in it (Isaiah 34/1). God constantly wants our attention and to be heard
He implores us toward seeking peace through his word and wisdom. A Maori saying is ‘Kia tou te rangimare’. Peace be with you!
Do we not though, have to surrender our struggles in life, our sorrows and experience emotional trauma to be refined? To be purified as gold passing through extreme heat? Sometimes I have written on paper my sorrows and worries. Then I hold the paper over a dish, light it until ash forms and send the smoke heavenward and so release it to God. Other times, I write and fold, then toss it into a river or stream and imagine it going with Moses’s basket downstream to Jesus. That way I release it to Him in surrender. I plug in to my point of power, my Lord’s love is my hope and blesses with peace. May it be for you also.
SO WAIT, HEAR, TRUST, PAY ATTENTION. RELEASE AND SURRENDER!