The Promise for the Forsakers
From Ara Guekguezian
First Congregational Church
Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!
Here in Isaiah and in Micah 4, we hear the reason why the Promise is
A judgement is coming because God’s people have not participated fully in the covenant established between Yahweh and Yahweh’s people. I am painfully aware of and very uneasy in pointing out the chief complaint against the people: pride, haughtiness. The Lord has a day against all that is proud and lofty (Isaiah 2:12). Sounds too much like me.
We are like the healthy child who claims, while wearing diapers, “I can do it by myself.”
The period of coping with the consequences of the judgement of the Lord will be convulsive, but it will lead to a very different age, a period of peace and growth. The people will flourish, all the people.
The children of the covenant will have to walk the path to this place of peace first. The call is issued, O house of Jacob, come walk in the light of the Lord!
This is the season of Light coming into the darkness of winter, the darkness of sin and selfishness, the darkness of pride, of greed, of gluttony, of lust, of apathy. As much as the reason for judgement strikes close to our heart in our day, so may the Promise.
Prayer: May we hear both judgement and Promise in the words of this season. As we turn to you, O Lord, May we be guided by the Light that is Jesus to humbly walk on the path of justice and peace. Amen.