Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

December 6, 2011

Joe Chen

1st Year Medical Student

Is 40:1-11
Ps 96:1-2, 3 and 10ac, 11-12, 13
Mt 18:12-14

Today, I want to share a unique message that can be found within today’s passages: the dichotomy of God in his Word. In Psalms, God is described as a powerful agent whose glory extends to the ends of the Earth; everyone will declare how great our God will be. This image depicts the Lord as a powerful God, but one question that many ask is, “how do I know that God loves ME?” or “Why would such a majestic being even care about a little and insignificant person like me?” It is a question that we may come across at some point on our journeys with God; nonetheless it is a question that is always answered when we take a closer look at what God promises us throughout his Word.

In Isaiah, we see the apparent power of God, how majestic and beloved he is. Yet it is at the end of the passage that we find an image of a comforting role of God: our Shepherd. Throughout this Isaiah passage God is described as one who rules “by his strong arm”, but even with this powerful image we can find grace and peace in the one who truly loves us. God is one who is powerful, yes that is true. But he is more than that! He is the one Shepherd who will be willing to follow that one stray sheep just so that each and every one of us will be able to find him and to walk in his love. Not his fear, not his wrath, but his love. We are each a beloved sheep, not because we are weak, but rather because we are loved as the only creatures made in his own image. Let us take today’s Word as a sign of encouragement, that even though we may walk through the valley of the shadow of death, God will always make sure that we come out knowing that he loves us so much. May peace be with you today.

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