The Lord is counting on you
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. – Isaiah 62:1
When we truly care about a person or a group of people, we do not hold our peace about wrongs which they may do. Even though they may consider us a nag or a torment, we continue to agitate because we want to bring about a meaningful change in their lives.
During our lives, we might have had someone – a parent, a teacher, a family member, a boss or just a friend who was tough on us. In retrospect, we probably would say it was worth it.
As a result of the care and concern that others had for us, we are better people today. Therefore, we show that same care and concern for our children, who for the most part, think that we are overbearing and old fashioned.
Because we love, we do not hold our peace. We do not let up. Being a nag causes those we love to improve. It makes them better people.
The prophet, God’s spokesman, says that he will not rest or hold his peace. He will continue preaching and praying. He says he is doing this for Zion’s sake and for Jerusalem’s sake.
This is not for his personal interest. It is for the sake of the church. It is because he has affection for Zion. It lies very close to his heart. It is God’s Zion and his Jerusalem.
He promised to continue to carry out his task until the church’s righteousness and salvation are accomplished. The people of God will continue to speak of the evils of society for as long as life lasts.
In every age there will be someone to proclaim God’s truth to the nations, to the world. God’s people will always have his word. It does not matter that the people of the world ridicule and vilify them. God’s people have always been ridiculed. Despite this they carry on.
The church will always be a blessing to people of all generations. Like the children of Israel, during Biblical times, we too need God’s words of hope in our lives, our country, our communities, in the world.
Daily, as we look around our world, we see the church struggling against the evil forces which are lined up against her. Notwithstanding this, these forces cannot win because they are going up against God. The evil forces of the world cannot stand against God or his church.
We in the church are called to speak God’s word constantly and to pray without ceasing. We should never let up, or play dead and allow evil men to prevail.
Even though, for a while, the evil forces of this world might seem to be winning, we, like the prophet, should not remain quiet. God’s truth should constantly be on our lips. Whether we speak out or not, the church will prevail.
As God restores our lives, he restores his church, which he will sustain always and forever more. His promise is, “I will be with you always, even to the very end of the age.”
In the interim, until he returns to gather his church, He has given us a responsibility to be his mouthpiece and proclaim the good news of the Gospel. We have the tools to build his church here on earth.
The spirit of truth leads each of us to use the gifts God has given us to proclaim his truth to the world. By doing so, the numbers of Christians in the world will multiply. This is our calling. Therefore, like the prophet, we cannot be silent, we must keep agitating. Do not be silent. Speak out. The Lord is counting on you. Amen.
• Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas, or telephone: 323-4107; E-mail: [email protected], Website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.