Saturday 05 June 2010

Bible Book:

"Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable." (v.28)

Isaiah 40:12-31 Saturday 5 June 2010


Living and writing some 500 years before Christ, Isaiahrepresents a faith totally different from the other religionsaround him, most of which worshipped many different gods andgoddesses. The easiest thing in the world is to carve a figure outof wood and call it your god. But the prophets taught that the onetrue living God who had created everything could not be captured ordepicted by human art.

The world humanity inhabits can look very small to God. To God thevast galaxies of creation can seem tiny. The huge issues thatpreoccupy humankind can appear trivial from God's point of view.But this does not make humankind insignificant to God.

God is by far the best source of superhuman strength. This divinestrength is given to mortals so that they may fulfil God's purposesand reach their full potential. In the words of Saint Irenaeus(c.130 - c.200 AD): "The glory of God is a human being fullyalive".

To Ponder

Every culture and faith suffers from thetemptation and folly of creating God in its own image. What are thedangers of this?

Take the opportunity to pray quietly whilelooking into a likeness of 'The Trinity', or 'The Christ', or'Mother and Child' in a Greek or Russian Christian icon.

Charles Wesley celebrated the coming of Christinto the world by singing, "The invisible appears in sight, and Godis seen by mortal eye" (from Author of faith, eternal word - Hymns andPsalms 662). Do you have a favourite hymn of celebration? What isit? And why does it mean so much to you?

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