Monday, March 19, 2007

Jeremiah 16:10-21; Psalm 89:1-18; Romans 7:1-12; John 6:1-15

In today’s readings, John recounts the story of Jesus feeding five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish; Paul discusses how we are freed from the law; Jeremiah is to confront the Israelites with their rejection of their God; and a psalmist writes a song recalling God’s greatness and faithfulness.

At the time Psalm 89 was written, the monarchy was in ruins, the throne of David gone, and the Israelites were scattered. These were gloomy times, and some doubted that the Lord would keep his promises to David.

In the opening verses of the psalm, the writer recalls how God made the covenant with David and declares that God, in his greatness, will be faithful to His people. He proclaims how great and powerful God is. The heavens praise God’s wonders. God rules the raging seas and can calm the waters. Heaven and earth are not only his, he created them.

Life doesn’t always go according to our plans and desires. All we have to do is listen to the news to hear all the troubles and tragedies in the world – murders, war, natural disasters, famine. On a more personal level, we have challenges at work, difficult people to deal with, money issues, too many commitments and too little time, illnesses, and more. Life can be difficult. But, as the psalmist said, we can always rely on God to get us through the hard and unexpected events in our lives. God cares about every little thing, no matter how insignificant we think it might be. He wants us to trust him with everything in our lives, both the big problems and the tiny details. His answers may not be in accordance with our wishes, but he will never let us down.

As the psalmist reminds us:

“God! Let the cosmos praise your wonderful ways,
the choir of holy angels sing anthems to your faithful ways!
Search high and low, scan skies and land,
you’ll find nothing and no one quite like God.” (The Message, Ps. 89:5, 6.)

Sue Reier

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