Isaiah 40:25-31, December 8, 2021

Reading:

To whom can you liken me as an equal?
says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high
and see who has created these things:
He leads out their army and numbers them,
calling them all by name.
By his great might and the strength of his power
not one of them is missing!
Why, O Jacob, do you say,
and declare, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the LORD,
and my right is disregarded by my God”?

Do you not know
or have you not heard?
The LORD is the eternal God,
creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint nor grow weary,
and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny.
He gives strength to the fainting;
for the weak he makes vigor abound.
Though young men faint and grow weary,
and youths stagger and fall,
They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength,
they will soar as with eagles’ wings;
They will run and not grow weary,
walk and not grow faint.

Reflection:  

Exiled in Babylon, the Jewish refugees to whom this scripture passage was directed felt they had been discarded by God.  This lesson gives us an entirely singular image of God; one in which God is a god of strength who is always active in the world.  He never grows fatigued or weak and is conscious of everything that is going on in our world and in our lives.  God’s act of creation is continuous and because of this action the entire universe exists.  If God was not involved in creation it would collapse into a vacuum and be nonexistent.  God is not asleep at the wheel; he is and wants to be a very active part of our lives.  During the Advent season, we are challenged to spend more time in quiet prayer, reflecting on the goodness of God in our lives.