Our Daily Bread:Forwarded
- READ: Isaiah 66:7-13 Appended
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
When I stuck my camera into the bush to take a picture of the baby robins,
they opened their mouths without opening their eyes. They were so used to
having mama robin feed them whenever the branches moved that they didn’t even
look to see who (or what) was causing the disturbance.
That is the kind of trust that loving mothers instill in their children. That
is the kind of mom I am blessed to have. Growing up, I could eat whatever food
she put on the table without fear that it would harm me. Although she made me
eat things I didn’t like, I knew she did so because they were good for me. If
she cared only about what was easy for her, she would have let me eat junk
food. No matter what Mom told me to do, or not to do, I knew she had my best
interest in mind. She wasn’t trying to keep me from having fun; she was trying
to protect me from being hurt.
That is the kind of relationship we have with God, who compared Himself to a
mother: “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you” (Isa. 66:13).
As His children, we have no reason to fear what happens to us nor to envy what
happens to others: “Do not . . . be envious of the workers of iniquity” (Ps.
37:1). When we trust His goodness, we are fed by His faithfulness. —Julie
Lord, we’re thankful for this example of motherhood.
But even more, we’re grateful for Your faithful
“mothering” of us displayed in Your compassion
day by day. Help us to find rest in You. Amen.
God’s care surrounds us.
7 “Before she goes into labor,
she gives birth;
before the pains come upon her,
she delivers a son.
8 Who has ever heard of such things?
Who has ever seen things like this?
Can a country be born in a day
or a nation be brought forth in a moment?
Yet no sooner is Zion in labor
than she gives birth to her children.
9 Do I bring to the moment of birth
and not give delivery?” says the LORD.
“Do I close up the womb
when I bring to delivery?” says your God.
10 “Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her,
all you who love her;
rejoice greatly with her,
all you who mourn over her.
11 For you will nurse and be satisfied
at her comforting breasts;
you will drink deeply
and delight in her overflowing abundance.”
12 For this is what the LORD says:
“I will extend peace to her like a river,
and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream;
you will nurse and be carried on her arm
and dandled on her knees.
13 As a mother comforts her child,
so will I comfort you;
and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”