“Who has wrought and done these things? He has called her (αὐτὴν) who called her (αὐτὴν) from the beginning of generations; I God, the first and to all futurity, I am (ἐγώ εἰμι). The nations saw, and feared; the ends of the earth drew near, and came together, each one judging for his neighbor and that to assist his brother: and one will say, The artificer has become strong, and the coppersmith that smites with the hammer, and forges also: sometimes he will say, It is a piece well joined: they have fastened them with nails; they will fix them, and they shall not be moved. But you, Israel, are my servant Jacob, and he whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraam, whom I have loved: whom I have taken hold of from the ends of the earth, and from the high places of it I have called you, and said to you, You are my servant; I have chosen you, and I have not abandoned you. Fear not; for I am with you: wander not; for I am your God, who have strengthened you; and I have helped you, and have established you with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Is 41: 4-10, Septuagint-translation)
He is the One Who is. That’s the most important truth about God, and the most immediately consequential one for me, on a daily basis. And yet it’s quite easy, ever-so-subtly, to lose sight of the fact that God “is” throughout my day, and to become burdened with trying to play God myself.
But let me embrace the life-giving truth that God “is” this morning, once again, and let Him into my day. He is also the One Who has called “her,” meaning me and the rest of us, His church, so as to gather all of us together in His Spirit, “from the ends of the earth.” And He helps and strengthens and establishes us, or gives us stability in our chaos, with His “right hand,” our Lord Jesus Christ, “Who sits at the right hand of the Father.” Thank You, Lord, for this life-giving reading today from the Prophet Isaiah. Let me carry it with me on this Wednesday of the fifth week of Lent, as I prepare for the evening-service of the Great Canon, being “established” in the refreshing fact that You, indeed, “are.”