“A voice says, ‘Cry out.’
“I said, ‘What shall I cry?’
“All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever” (Isaiah 40:6-8 NIV).
Here we see God’s active involvement for our own good. Provoking us to see our true state, he blows like a hot summer wind on parched drought-dried grasses. This is us. We think we have the strength of immortal gods. We don’t see ourselves rightly. Our bodies are mortal. Our emotions are ragged. We fall apart. We scatter on the wind. God wants us to know our true condition. His poetic bluntness demonstrates his love for us.
This statement about our frail humanity comes after God instructed Isaiah to comfort his people, to speak tenderly to us, to cry out to the true Israel, to inform us that our warfare is ended and our iniquity is pardoned. It’s a message to all believers of all times to prepare the way for the Lord, to remove the impediments that bar us from embracing him.
Our hubris gets in the way. We don’t see our weakness clearly. Then God blows on us. He allows the suffering that will humble us, prompting us to see our need for him, so we can return to him. He loves us that much.
Being humbled, recognizing our desperate human condition, prepares our hearts for the Lord.
While we fade away, the word of God remains. Jesus Christ, the Logos, is the Word of God incarnate.
The compassion and glory of the Lord were revealed through his coming as Messiah, the forgiver and redeemer of our sins. This is love. At this Lenten season, we focus our attention on the model of his loving life, his redemption, his gruesome death, and his glorious rising. Though it should be our focus on all days, the yearly celebration of his resurrection aims our thoughts toward him.
This is why I write. I cry out! We are dust; we fade away. But God has done something about it. Bless his name!
Starting today I will be tweeting (Melinda V Inman@ShowKnowGrow) and posting from the Writing for the Soul conference. This week Christian writers gather to work on our craft of proclaiming his glory and to sharpen one another with encouragement, advice, and edification. We also present our writing to agents and editors, hoping to take our message of Christ’s love into wider markets.
This is why we write. We use the gifts he has given to proclaim his glory, his compassion, and his great mercy.
As we aim toward Easter, let’s pause to consider our human condition and to evaluate our lives in light of what he’s done for us. Let our love for him prompt us to use our gifts as our act of worship and praise. Let’s make it a daily practice.
How did he cause you to see your need for him? How are you using your gifts to praise him for it?
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