I, the LORD, your God,
teach you what is for your good,
and lead you on the way you should go.
If you would hearken to my commandments,
your prosperity would be like a river,
and your vindication like the waves of the sea;
Your descendants would be like the sand,
and those born of your stock like its grains,
Their name never cut off
or blotted out from my presence. – Is 48:17-19
I recently watched an episode from NCIS. The main thesis of the show was the role rules play in our lives. The agent reflects back upon events from work as well as his upbringing. Without going into all the details, the point I believe they wished to convey in the show was that rules are important, even if we do not understand them at the time.
Our reading from the prophet Isaiah is echoing that same message. His point is that we should look to the Lord for the direction and rules in our life. In other words, we are called to do God’s will. In regard to this I would like to share this quote by Wilkie Au in his book By Way of the Heart:
“Unfortunately, many people view the will of God as rather like a ten-ton elephant hanging overhead, ready to fall on them….Actually the word which we translate into English as ‘will’ comes from both the Hebrew and a Greek word which means yearning. It is that yearning which lovers have for one another. Not a yearning of the mind alone or of the heart alone but of the whole being. A yearning which we feel is only a glimmering of the depth of the yearning of God for us.” (pg. 67)
May this sense of yearning fill each of our hearts this Advent season as we long for the coming of Christ.