First Sunday of Advent
There is an important passage in chapter 63 leading up to today’s Isaiah reading. Beginning with verse 17, we read,
Why, Lord, do You make us stray from Your ways,
And turn our hearts away from revering You?
Relent for the sake of Your servants,
The tribes that are Your very own!
Our foes have trampled Your Sanctuary,
Which Your holy people possessed but a little while.
We have become as a people You never ruled,
To which Your name was never attached. JSB
God is given credit for forcing the Chosen People to sin. This is not the only Biblical passage to blame it on God.
We still to that today. I wouldn’t need to sin if God gave me the things I need. God makes life too complicated. The list of sins is too long for anyone to remember.
But, as we read on into chapter 64, we see, No eye has seen [them], O God, but You, Who act for those who trust in You. JSB This is a common pattern in the laments of the scripture. We complain, but we complain to God. We place God first, even as we question, “Where is God?”
Notice the difference between that question, “Where is God?” and “Is there a God?” In the first, I know that God exists, I have simply misplaced Him. But in the second question, there is room for the possibility that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob does not exist. And further, that no other god exists either.
I can understand why people take that position. I have never seen God, nor can I prove that the things I’ve seen that I believe come from God, do come from God. I cannot prove God, but I can believe in God. Once I believe, I can see all the proof I need.
Jesus invited us to accept everything he said as coming from God. He told us several times that he was both the Son of Man and the Son of God. His Word, his Gospel, his Good News, will never die. Jesus told his followers about his coming death, but reminded them, Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. NIV
He also told us that to see God is easy, look at Jesus. Accept his words. Do the things he did.
Read my earlier comments on this theme here.
Be righteous and do good.