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Reliance on God

Finally I am getting round to writing a real post. It was a more daunting task than I had expected – what in my life is worthy of being known as the first post? Also threads of the story I started on blogger are still weaving their way into my life and it’s hard to just sort of write a new post that delves into that stuff without having to write a lot of background. But tonight, I had the itch to write and a passage that spoke to me – a promising combination for a blog post.

I’ve been reading Isaiah through lately. Not a detail study, but a surface read and thinking through some of the issues through an untrained eye. Isaiah is one of those books of the Bible that I know the passages that everyone knows but have never truly read through the whole book. I remember taking Old Testament in my undergraduate studies, and the final paper options were passages in Isaiah or one passage in Micah. I chose the Micah passage because Isaiah just was too intimidating.

So I’ve never really read through all the gloom and doom passages before and I’m surprised and don’t quite know what to do with them. We are also reading them as part of our community’s corporate daily prayer. I am struck though that following each pronouncement of judgement, there is a passage that talks about God sparing a remnant, becoming a shelter for them, and relieving their burdens.

Tonight I was reading chapter 10, definitely a gloom and doom passage until you get to verse 20: “In that day the remnant of Israel, the survivors of the house of Jacob, will no longer rely on him who struck them down, but will truly rely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.”

I’ve been thinking about God’s pruning of us and how he allows certain things to happen so that we are shaped into the kind of people God is calling us to be. I’m not a big fan of suffering, but as Steve Bell says, “It’s a hard job making us holy.” Maybe through striping us of our idols in the world, we will come to rely on the Lord. Not just a little bit or on a superficial level, but truly rely on the Holy One of Israel.

That gives me hope in the midst of hard times and pruning.

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