Read: Isaiah 40:1-5
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. (v. 1)
I would like you to listen to a word, then be silent, and allow an image to form. The word is weary. When I say this word, I see many images: a child who desperately wants to please parents but is weary from peer pressure on one side and competition for acceptance into a good school on the other; a man who can barely push his body out of bed in the morning because he has faced a job he hates every day for 30 years; a wife who loves her husband deeply and must watch cancer creep through his body and is weary from the wait.
Isaiah prophesied more than 100 years before the people of Judah were exiled to Babylon. Decade after decade passed, long enough for many of the original exiles to die, for memory to fade. Enough time to make it hard to hear the voice of God.
To a people grown weary from waiting for God to act and to take them back home, God says: “Comfort, comfort my people . . . ” Tell them “that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned” (v. 2). Isaiah has a word of hope to all who grow weary: God is here. He will act. God won’t get tired. Listen to Isaiah’s voice: “The glory of the LORD shall be revealed . . . for the mouth of the LORD has spoken” (v. 5). That is a voice we can trust. —Ken Eriks
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you are still active in our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.