Prophecy and Support
In times of prosperity the Biblical prophets pronounced harsh criticism of the status quo. In times of turmoil and difficulty the prophets’ statements turned to reassurance of God’s love and support for God’s people. A wonderful example of the latter comes from the prophet Isaiah:
“Though the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” (Isaiah 30-20-21)
Presently we are certainly experiencing times of adversity and affliction. Even though Isaiah’s words were addressed to ancient Israel long ago they speak directly to our condition today. They assure us that even as we are faced with difficult choices to make in situations of uncertainty, God has not abandoned us but is still supporting and guiding us. As we take each new step forward we can listen carefully for God’s voice, telling us individually and in community, “This is the way; walk in it.”
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The Rev. Charles Hoffacker is a retired priest of the Diocese of Washington