Isaiah 43:20-25: Already Given
We ask for good health, security, predictability, fidelity. We look for mercy, wisdom, hope and love. We anticipate salvation, healing, transformation and resurrection. But these gifts we believe we need to acquire have already been generously given.
The beasts of the field will glorify me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I have given waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people.
When we feel as though the world has let us down, we come to understand that all that we need . . . we already hold.
The people whom I formed for myself will declare my praise.
All that is required of us is that we remain faithful in our gratitude.
I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
All that we need remember is that God wants to forgive and heal. All that is confusion and mystery becomes peace-filled and comforting. All that we seek we already have in abundance. So let us give thanks, for once we begin to practice thankfulness, we also begin to fully experience what the Lord has freely and wonderfully already given.