Vision for Life
March 22, 2011 § 2 Comments
We have every reason to become real anxious from time to time if we think about the future. It looks bleak if we consider the inabilities of humanity to live in peace with one another or our ability to cause so much destruction in our own lives and the lives of other people. Isaiah writes to the people of God during a time of such hopelessness. Traumatized by their exile and fractured by all kinds of strife, how can you blame them for not being too positive about future possibilities? It is within these circumstances that Isaiah gives them a vision of the future that they may dare hope for healing and a positive future based on God’s power and compassion (Isaiah 65:17-25). “I will create new heavens and a new earth,” says the Lord, “the former things will not be remembered” (65:17). This is God’s promise that reconfigures everything we may have believed about our identity and destiny based on the natural evidence available to us. If this is God’s promise for us, then our lives are all about living into this vision of God’s future for us. God’s future is a future of abundance despite the apparent lack of abundance in the world. What are you and I building our hope on today? Trusting God’s vision or something else?