Saturday, April 13, 2013

Isaiah 1:2-5

"Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.
Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint."
Isaiah 1:2-5

God doesn't want us to suffer.  In these verses I think that he makes that very clear.  God wants us to flourish and grow... and he does all he can (without taking away our free agency) to make that happen.  Even animals respect the fact that they are taken care of, but we usually instead resent it, and symbolically kind of spit in his face.  ... And then we're surprised or upset when the natural consequences of our actions occur.  We walked away from God... and now he isn't taking care of us anymore?  And somehow we think it is all God's fault. :)
Later in the chapter, God asks us to come back and reason with him... that he can help us make things better.  We don't need to be stricken anymore and make ourselves sick... all we have to do is calm down, stop having a tantrum, and start talking to our Father.  Today, let's try to stop rebelling against God's kind and patient care for us, and try to talk to him about how we feel.  He's our father.  He'll understand.  And he'll know how to help.

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