God always delivers a message in your misery and a word for your wilderness.
God wanted them to know that even though they were suffering, they were not forsaken. God wanted the people of Israel to understand that the hardship they were experiencing would not be the end of them. God wanted to give them a fresh start, a new beginning in their life, a relaunch, so to speak. By telling them, “forget the former things,” God was saying, “it is time to move on.”
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To enter into the heart of Jesus is to submit to hidden, unglamorous work.
The reason why those feet are beautiful is because God is saying, yes, things are bleak now. But peace and joy are coming. Don’t give into that fear. Live in that joyful hope.
Perhaps because of it’s very appearance and sound, there’s a halt, a slamming of the brakes. “Righteousness” begins visually and aurally, in English, with “right.” To say definitively that you’re immediately “right” in a pluralistic culture is a non-starter.
Your peace will not come from an absence of conflict or absence of things that are you are afraid of.
That our Prince of Peace entered the world as a helpless child and left it as a crucified outcast tells me that God’s kingdom is one in which self-giving, vulnerable, love reigns supreme.