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Walking Right Side Up!

2 Thessalonians 3   Isaiah 29-30   Psalm 119:1-32

“I treasure your word in my heart” (Psalm 119:11). So prays the psalmist as he reflects upon the blessings experienced by those who “walk in the law of the Lord” (v.1). Meanwhile, we hear Paul write confidently to the Thessalonians, “you are doing and will go on doing the things that we command” (2 Thessalonians 3:4).  And in the middle stands the prophet Isaiah, confronting the people of Judah with the word of the Lord, “their hearts are far from me, and their worship is a human commandment learned by rote” (Isaiah 29:13) . . . In these ways today’s scriptures invite us to see that there is both a right way to order life, and a way that is at once upside down and backwards.

“You turn things upside down!” (Isaiah 29:16). And so we do when we make our own plans and follow our own way — behaving as if we are the creator and not the created — rather than seeking God and God’s way. Has God ever looked upon your path or mine and said “they carry out a plan, but not mine” (Isaiah 30:1)? Can you think of a time when you set out “without asking for God’s counsel” (v.2)? And how often might it be said of us that we honor God “with our lips” while our “hearts are far” from God? And how well has that worked so far? Upside down, indeed! Now, hear this:

“This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21). The voice of the Teacher . . . The vision of God with us. Time and time again we are reminded that the way of happiness and the path of true joy is for those who obey God and “seek him with their whole heart” (Psalm 119:2). The prophet declares, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15), thus reminding us that the way of salvation is the way of  loving obedience and wholehearted trust. Honor the Maker with head and heart; hand and voice; love and steadfastness. There is a way that is right and right side up. May you walk in it. And may you never be weary in doing what is right. Amen.

“May the Lord direct your hearts
to the love of God and
to the steadfastness of Christ.”
— 2 Thessalonians 3:5

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