Our exhaustion – God’s opportunity

January 18

Isaiah 45, 2-3  2  I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. 3  I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.

Meditation: Sometimes we work very hard. But no matter how hard we try, doors do not open up. The reward of our labor does not show. We feel there are obstacles all around: skepticism, criticism, lack of support, loneliness and lack of resources. It feels like no matter how good a work we do, no matter how intensely we labor, there seem to be mountains after mountains to climb and closed doors all around to bang our heads on.

And then we run out of resources – we become exhausted. God’s promise to walk before us, to level our mountains, to break through steal doors and to replenish us with new resources breaks into our loneliness and struggle. “I am not walking alone”. Even just the realization of being seen, of being known as I am facing obstacles feels healing.

The promise to make a way for me, to give me all I need, and even bestow riches upon me is a promise too good to be true. But it is not! It was God’s desire for Israel many years ago, and it is still God’s plan and desire for us today.

Prayer: God, your are ultimate abundance. You want to give us all the resources we need to flourish. You remove obstacles we cannot overcome ourselves. You have hidden plans of secret riches that you want to bestow upon us, just when we come to our wits end. Thank you for your bountiful Spirit. Amen

Quote: “The truth of human freedom lies in the love that breaks down barriers.”                        Jürgen Moltmann

 

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