Reading God’s message week after week, we are sometimes struck by an idea.
A short text perhaps, or even a single verse, can draw our attention and… we remain there.
It seems that we cannot keep on reading…
We are caught by something which has touched us in a special way.
This is the case, this Sunday, with the words of the prophet Isaiah telling us (Isaiah 35:1-6,10):
“Courage! Do not be afraid.
Look your God is coming…
He is coming to save you.”
Salvation is a word with meaning of different kinds:
- salvation from a painful situation, or a real threat,
- salvation from a serious disease, or a loss of some kind,
- salvation from an enemy, an attacker,
- salvation from crippling feelings – helplessness, guilt, shame…
We often hear the word salvation in relation to our sins – the situation of being estranged from God.
We are aware that we need help…
Where will it come from?
Isaiah assures us that our God is coming.
God HIMSELF is the one who will rescue us from whatever threatens us.
Is this not amazing?
God has not sent an angel, he did not ask a great prophet, or another saintly personage, to save us.
He has chosen to come HIMSELF – in Jesus – to free us from whatever prevents us from:
- being the people he wants us to be,
- living in close friendship with him.
God HIMSELF… I keep repeating these words and I marvel at the reality they express…
I can count on him, I can rely on him, for whatever I need to be truly the person he had in mind when he created me.
So, no fear or anxiety, only peace and serenity…
A comforting message in this period of Advent…
Note: Another text is available on a different theme, in French at: https://image-i-nations.com/3e-dimanche-de-lavent-annee-a-2022-2023/
Source: Image: Knowledge of Him