Scripture: Isaiah 40:12-24
Key verses: (12-14)
12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure,
and weighed the mountains in scales
and the hills in a balance?
13 Who has directed the spirit of the LORD,
or as his counselor has instructed him?
14 Whom did he consult for his enlightenment,
and who taught him the path of justice?
Who taught him knowledge,
and showed him the way of understanding?
Reflection: Questions, questions, questions. This passage reminds me of the book of Job, where there are so many questions. In Job, there are many more questions than answers. In contrast, Isaiah steers us towards a clear answer.
“Who has measured; who has directed; whom did he consult; who taught him knowledge,” are asked in the first few verses. The answer: God.
Israel knows this. We know this.
So, why the speech? Israel has forgotten about God. Earlier in the speech, the prophet Isaiah reminds Israel of God’s role as warrior, shepherd, and caregiver. Starting with verse 12, God is Creator, God directs, God consults, and God teaches us often.
God, God, God, God.
God as Creator does not stop at the inception of the world. God’s power, counseling, and instruction continues, through Israel’s time, and today.
Richard Rohr writes, “We cannot attain the presence of God because we’re already in the presence of God. What’s absent is awareness.”
We forget about God. We go on with our day-to-day ‘to do’ lists and our ‘what’s next.’ Isaiah reminds us that God is standing beside us all the time, and it is up to us to be aware of it. We simply have to recognize God’s presence, trust in God, and find joy in the companionship.
How is God with me as I’m writing this devotion? How is God with you as you are reading this devotion?
Prayer: Dear God, our Creator, allow us to feel your presence in our every moment. Teach us to focus more on you and less on the distractions. Let us feel you in our midst, as we move through our daily lives. Amen.
Author: Amy Speas
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].