Sunday Scripture – Wonder

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We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes; we stumble at noonday as at twilight; we are as dead men in desolate places.
We all growl like bears, and moan sadly like doves; we look for justice, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far from us .
For our transgressions are multiplied before You, and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are with us, and as for our iniquities, we know them: in transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.

So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.

Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice.

He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; and His own righteousness, it sustained Him.

For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.

According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, fury to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; the coastlands He will fully repay.

So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.

“The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” says the Lord.

“As for Me,” says the Lord, “This is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the Lord, “from this time and forevermore.”

Isaiah 59:10-21

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2 thoughts on “Sunday Scripture – Wonder

  1. Melissa says:

    Is the poem at the beginning yours? It’s quite lovely … and quite sad/desperation of humanity … as you can see i don’t read the Bible.

    But Faith is tricky business! Isn’t it? Won’t we always struggle with our humanity and our God??? Nothing ever seem TOO “right” … or fair … never an answer.

    No sustained peace. Just trying and trying and trying again and again to find our piece of peace.
    xoxoxo mel

    • katharinetrauger says:

      Hello, Mel!

      No. The beginning of the post looks like it is part of something different from the ending because I am still having issues with my brain/my Internet-connection/my blog-provider-not-accepting-the-big-blue-“e”. The selection is all one piece, and even those who are fairly aware of Biblical content might not recognize it; it is not one of the more quoted pieces. But it has the word “wonder” in it. 🙂

      However! I do wish I had written even half as good a poem, and you are right to identify it as one of the Bible’s lovely poems. Good work! In the Bible, it appears in poem form, but I was already having issues, you can see, so I dared not attempt to add any type of different formating since plain ol’ paragraph form was bogging it down. 🙂

      And faith–“tricky”? Yep. Many struggle to have faith, to no avail because faith is a gift. God just plain gives faith to those who ask for it. Sounds too simple, but you wouldn’t believe how MANY trip over that! And God does have a problem with our lacking faith, (it is impossible to please Him without it) since He is standing by, ready to give it to anyone who asks. Understandable.

      (As a side note, asking for faith was my first prayer of desperation, and He just plain gave me faith without any whistles or bells. The spookiest thing! One day I did not believe certain Bible teachings and the next day I did. Mind you, I was still mad at Him! But He was more eager to answer my request than I even was to receive it. I still shake my head in WONDER at that.)

      As for sustained peace . . . that will take another post, which will follow asap.

      x’s and o’s to you, too, dear Mel.

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