Isaiah 29:17-24, Hope
By Robert Sumners
“And those who err in spirit will come to understanding, and those who murmur will accept instruction.”
I am often disappointed by the mistakes I make. For some reason I am much less annoyed at the mistakes made by others than I am by those I make myself. I always think that I should have known better, or I should have been better prepared for or more focused on the task. Therefore this passage of scripture expressing hope for the future is one I find very refreshing.
The Lord’s Prayer says, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven…” I take that very literally to mean that the Kingdom of God is here and the Kingdom of God is now. And what that means is that as Christians we have a responsibility to live in the Kingdom here and now. This passage from Isaiah tells us that it doesn’t matter that we err, because through our Lord Jesus Christ we will come to understanding, and although we may murmur when we are discouraged, we will accept instruction in how to better devote ourselves to Kingdom ways.
Our hope is in God, knowing that we can surrender every inadequacy and every disappointment to Him, because living in the Kingdom is not so much a matter of what we do, but rather who we are, redeemed by our Lord’s never failing care and love, and living with the knowledge that who we are is celebrated by our God.