WALKING ON PATHS UNKNOWN


The Lord God of hosts shall go forth, and crush the war: he shall stir up jealousy, and shall shout mightily against his enemies… ‘…I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not, and I will cause them to walk paths which they have not known: I will turn darkness into light for them, and crooked things into straight. These things I will do, and will not forsake them. But they are turned back: be you utterly ashamed that trust in graven images, who say to the molten images, You are our gods.’” (Is 42: 13, 16-17, Septuagint-translation)

I am often shocked, really, by the very “human” expressions of God’s divine zeal for saving us, His people. “I will do these things,” He promises, “and will not forsake” you: “I will turn darkness into light” for you, He says, “and crooked things into straight.” He will also “bring the blind,” like me, “by a way that they knew not,” and “will cause them to walk paths which they have not known.”

But I should not be shocked, really, by God’s willingness to do all this for me. Because He has done it already, time and again, in my life. So today, if I face the “darkness” of some uncertainties in life, or “paths which I have not known,” or “crooked things,” – whether at work, in personal relationships, or elsewhere, – let me not be “turned back” to God’s loving, zealous willingness to lead me through it, as He always has. Thy will be done with me today, O Lord, as it was yesterday. Amen!

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