Sunday, July 26, 2015: Isaiah 46-49; 1 Pet. 5
But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
my Lord has forgotten me.”
15 Can a woman forget her nursing child,
or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are continually before me.
17 Your builders outdo your destroyers,
and those who laid you waste go away from you.
18 Lift up your eyes all around and see;
they all gather, they come to you.
As I live, says the Lord,
you shall put all of them on like an ornament,
and like a bride you shall bind them on.
I so wanted to focus on the words of vs. 15 'Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you' as a way of reminding us of God's faithfulness. But a different set of words caught my eye - for the first time it seems. Look at vs. 17 - 'your builders outdo your destroyers' - now there is a word of encouragement for all of us! In any organization, from family to friendship group to corporation to church, there are builders (those who catch the vision and work toward it), and destroyers (those who, for whatever reason, stand in the way of progress).
I realize that I have to be careful in writing this not to take an accusatory tone, for truth be known, I have been incredibly enthused by the overwhelming 'builder' mentality that seems to pervade Saint Paul's UMC! More than anything, my heart catches this phrase as a reminder to me to be a 'builder' rather than a 'destroyer' - to be an encourager, an affirming presence - in all relationships. With God's help, I believe we can all be builders!