Today’s Reading: Isaiah 38-42
Today’s Reflection: Isaiah 41:13
For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
Most people’s first contact with any organization or authority is with an administrative assistant or junior staffer—someone who determines if you’re important enough to see someone further up the ladder. Perhaps after seeing a number of progressively more senior people, you might get to meet someone close to the top of the organization’s leadership. Or possibly if you’re a VIP yourself, you might go straight to the top. But most of us are forced to deal with the lower rungs of bureaucracy. Whether it’s health care, or your cell phone plan, or your education, or a restaurant, in many cases you can expect to receive the minimal attention (which for the organization means the minimal cost and the maximum profit).
This is yet another way in which the ways of God are not like the ways of man, and the thoughts of God are not like the thoughts of man (Isaiah 55:8-9). As Isaiah 41:13 (and other verses) point out, God doesn’t send low-level functionaries to deal with us in our times of distress and despair. He doesn’t make us jump through bureaucratic hoops in order to get our cases heard before Him. As awesome as His angels are, God doesn’t leave it to them alone to guide us through our trials, challenges and difficulties. Our God is a God who helps each of us directly in our times of trouble and desires to walk with us at all times. Isn’t that expensive to Him? Yes. It cost God everything (John 3:16), but that’s just how much He loves us. That’s how much He loves you. Enough to give you only the very best.
Nehemiah 1:5 – And I said, “O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments.”