Signs and Symbols


We are the signs and symbols from the Lord Almighty, communicating to our world through our behaviour and attitudes of faith. In whatever you face today, will you rely on the Lord and his promises and not upon yourself? Will you inspire others to look to God?

11 This is what the Lord says to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people:

12 “Do not call conspiracy
everything this people calls a conspiracy;
do not fear what they fear,
and do not dread it.
13 The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,
he is the one you are to fear,
he is the one you are to dread.
14 He will be a holy place;
for both Israel and Judah he will be
a stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.

17 I will wait for the Lord,
who is hiding his face from the descendants of Jacob.
I will put my trust in him.

18 Here am I, and the children the Lord has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the Lord Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.
Isaiah 8:11-14, 17-18

We are the signs and symbols from the Lord Almighty. Does that resonate with you? In the midst of people who do not acknowledge God and among people who have known him, yet have walked away, we are the signs from the Lord. Our behaviour and attitudes of faith communicate to the world around us.

Isaiah was called to not get caught up in the conspiracy theories of those around him (vs 12). He was called to trust and to fear the Lord only.

We are to regard God as holy.
We are to fear God (have awe and respect for him).
We are to dread the wrath of God.
The Lord will be a sanctuary for those who trust in him.

The question is, will you wait for the Lord?

In whatever you face today, will you rely on the Lord and his promises and not upon yourself?

Remember, your response to the things you face in life is a sign and symbol to the community around you. Will you inspire others to look to God in faith because of your response to adversity and struggle and anxiety?

When Jesus invited us to come to him in Matthew 11:28, promising rest in our weariness, we have an opportunity to share that invitation with others. Hunkering down, pressing on, and fighting through are human responses unless we are walking in trust and faith in the one who calls us to himself and calls us to respond differently.

Choose today in whom you will trust. Choose today to be a sign to your neighbour.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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