Today’s reading comes from IS 55:10-11
Faith is more than just trust, but trust is an inherent and paramount dimension of faith. The entirety of the Old Testament text recalls moments of fidelity and moments of infidelity from the Israelites to YHWH and His enduring faithfulness to them. When the Israelites trusted YHWH they flourished, and when they did not they suffered. Here, Isaiah reminds us that whatever suffering they endured was not because of YHWH’s unfaithfulness to His word; rather, they suffered because they did not keep their promises to Him. Whatever YHWH promised He will do for the Israelites, He did. Was it not Him who delivered them from Babylon as promised?
What about His promise to us in the new covenant? There is no doubt that His promise has been fulfilled. He promised us freedom from the slavery of sin and death. He has kept His promise: he exchanged his tears from this freedom; he paid the ransom with his flesh and sinew; he bought us this freedom with his very own body. As for us, we must learn to trust in Him. Trusting in YHWH requires that we have no backup plans like the Israelites who worshipped YHWH but also Baal and Asherah for needs that they think YHWH might not be able to provide. Trusting in God means that even the very fundamental thing we need for living – our daily bread – is something we ask Him to provide.
Happy Tuesday of the first week of Lent, friends.