Monday, August 2, 2010

Does my life mean anything?


Does my life mean anything?
Has my work accomplished anything?
Is there any value to what I have done?

I feel all those questions very deeply these days, as 26 years of work were washed away in 3 years by the Great Obama Depression.

However, it is encouraging (in a perverse, twisted sort of way) to discover that the great prophet Isaiah felt some of the same angst and anxiety and questions.

Isaiah? The fearless man of God?

Yes. Isaiah. Read on...

Isaiah 49
The Lord’s Servant Commissioned


1 "Listen to me, all you in distant lands!
Pay attention, you who are far away!
The Lord called me before my birth;
from within the womb he called me by name.
2 He made my words of judgment as sharp as a sword.
He has hidden me in the shadow of his hand.
I am like a sharp arrow in his quiver.

3 He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel,
and you will bring me glory.”

4 I replied, “But my work seems so useless!
I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose.
Yet I leave it all in the Lord’s hand;
I will trust God for my reward.”

5 And now the Lord speaks—
the one who formed me in my mother’s womb to be his servant,
who commissioned me to bring Israel back to him.
The Lord has honored me,
and my God has given me strength.
6 He says, “You will do more than restore the people of Israel to me.
I will make you a light to the Gentiles,
and you will bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”

7 The Lord, the Redeemer
and Holy One of Israel,
says to the one who is despised and rejected by the nations,
to the one who is the servant of rulers:
“Kings will stand at attention when you pass by.
Princes will also bow low
because of the Lord, the faithful one,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

Are you questioning?
Forlorn?
Depressed?
Wondering if your work, your very life, has any value?

Join the club.
The Isaiah club.
You are in good company...

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