"Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, "I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your well-being would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Your descendants would have been like the sand, And your offspring like its grains; Their name would never be cut off or destroyed from My presence."
I hope I can learn from those Israelites! I don't read despair in those verses, I read of the good that He wants and has for us. I read that He is the Redeemer and that He has made a way for my soul to be like a river; refreshing, cool, moving, alive.
Psalm 1 shows more of the life if I, we walk in His truth and Word. I can delight in the law day and night and be like a tree firmly planted by the streams of water, with fruit and leaves that don't wither.
Matthew 11:16-19 shows the contrast. Those not living it, not looking, not believing. Like children calling to children, "Hey, we gave you what you wanted and then it wasn't what you wanted." Fickle. Picky. Selfish. Basically.
These next prayers are from Creighton University Advent Readings.
I, the Lord, your God, teach you what is for your good,
and lead you on the way you should go.
In our self-reliant independence, we can easily forget that
our God really knows what is good for us, and calls us to that goodness.
In our rebellion, we sometimes cling to our freedom
to be self-destructive or to simply keep our life on a shallow level.
Let's let ourselves be drawn into the invitation to live our lives
touched by the grace of God-with-us.
Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.
Wisdom is vindicated by her works
To Christ our Redeemer, who comes to save us from our
sins, let us cry out with joy:
Come, Lord Jesus!
The prophets of old foretold your birth among us,
- now make virtue come to life in us.
We proclaim your saving work,
- now grant us your salvation.
You came to heal the contrite,
- heal the weakness of your people.
You came and saw fit to reconcile the world,
- when you come again in judgment, free us from the
torments of punishment.
in the darkness of these Advent nights
let me be guided by the light of your word.
Give me the humility to be led by you
and the wisdom to learn from you.
I feel your light in my life
and in the world.
I am grateful for the Savior who awaits us,
and eagerly await the time of rejoicing.
Let me look forward in hope
and turn to you with great trust,
knowing you will guide my steps
along the unknown path of this day.