Whew. We made it through the week of stopping and resting and being. Now onward and upward! (kidding. kind of.)
I really liked this section (“See,” pages 17-20). You? (And just so you know, this post will be short. I just took two Benadryl to try to bring down the swelling in my foot/ankle–wasp sting–and I’m probably going to get drowsy soon.)
I loved this: “In sitting with God’s Word, God gives us himself. And in giving us himself, God enables us to see more of what God sees, and in the ways that God sees. We don’t need to come with anything other than a willingness to let the Holy Spirit teach us and open our eyes as we read.” (p. 18)
I really want to see what God sees, in the way he sees it. Just like that song, Hosanna–”Break my heart for what breaks yours.”
And I love how she talks about her first encounter with Isaiah 58. That chapter kind of changed my life too. (Have you read it?) It opened my eyes to the reality that the Bible is not just all about me, me, me and what God can do for me, me, me.
And I love this: “When we understand the reality that God sees injustice and calls his people to act, we will grow to see that our own personal freedom and reconciliation in Christ is not the end of the story. We are free so that we can be part of God’s work of seeing others free.” (p. 19)
Amen, amen, amen, amen, and amen.
“I started to read the Scriptures with new eyes, and as a result, I began to read the whole world differently.”
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.
“When you don’t know what to do about injustice, when you don’t know how to press on, when you’d rather shrink back or even–perhaps especially–when you’re ready to charge forward, open God’s Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and teach you.” (p. 20)
This is some good stuff, friends. Yes?
Things to Ponder/Discuss: (pick any, all, or go your own way)
1. I would love for all of us to take a minute (or 3) and read Isaiah 58. If you have a verse or chunk of verses you’d like us to read, please share them. I promise to read them this week.
2. What quote stood out to you most from this section (can be one I shared or one I didn’t)?
3. What is God teaching/showing you as you read this book?
For next week: Read “Open,” pages 20-25.