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Grasshoppers

February 4, 2021

“It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in; who brings princes to naught, and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.” Isaiah 40:22-23

Sorry for the delay. The editorial board had a number of things to take care of this morning! Which, in light of our passage from Isaiah (which we’ll hear in worship on Sunday) is a bit funny. I spend so much time scurrying around, because I have so many important things to do! I’m so important, after all, and so are you. We get so caught up in our tasks, anxious about what will happen if we don’t do them, or don’t do them well.

God has news for us today. We’re just grasshoppers! God is the important, majestic one. Even the princes and rulers of the earth are like nothing. Elected officials are like weather in Chicago – if you don’t like it, just wait a minute. Things will change. What seems so significant to us is fleeting in the grand scheme of God’s creation.

And yet.

This is not bad news, for we worship the God of the gospel. If the Lord were capricious or pernicious, we’d be in trouble. What hope do grasshoppers have when the power of the universe just might step on them? But God, as prophesied by Isaiah and revealed in Christ, is constant, faithful, and good. Our lives are fleeting, except they are now held in eternity. Our tasks are minor, except they contribute to the goodness of God’s creation.

Isaiah reminds us today that it’s not up to us. God is the majestic creator. But we do each have a part to play, because God has looked upon us in favor, with grace. Whatever is on your to-do list today, remember that the weight of the world is not on your shoulders. Christ is risen and the victory is won. That is more than enough.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God, we praise you for your majesty and your mercy. We rejoice in your greatness and your grace. Uplift and sustain us today, that we might do the work set before us. Let us trust in you, knowing that even when we falter or fail, you will work out your purposes. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Romalea guttata, Ryan Wood, 2007 (public domain).

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