The New York Times on Friday, January 27th, 2017
- British leader pays Trump a visit – President Trump will host Prime Minister Theresa May at the White House today, and they are expected to discuss a possible free-trade agreement.
- Concerning the Wall with Mexico – To finance its construction, Mr. Trump appears to have embraced a House Republican proposal to impose a 20 percent tax on imported goods.
- As Migrants Strain Border Towns, Pressure Builds on Mexico to Act – Mexico has its own migration issues with hundreds of thousands coming from other Latin American nations and Haiti. Primarily church groups and charities are housing thousands of migrants that have entered the Mexican borders.
Reading from Isaiah 2.1-5 on January 27, 2017
Isaiah 2.1-5 presents a picture of what can be if God’s people return to him instead of seeking security and prosperity apart from being in a trusting relationship with God. Verse 2 is the focal verse for today’s reading.
Isaiah 2.4 – He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
This verse helps us understand the causes and cures for conflict. What brings about wars and all of the lesser hatreds which lead up to war? John N. Oswalt (Commentary on Isaiah) views the source as “unbridled self-aggrandizement.” He continues and writes, “When a person, or a nation, decides that he must supply his own needs and that he is the final judge both of what his legitimate needs are and how those needs may be met, the weaker are trampled and violence results.” This was the picture painted the first chapter of Isaiah. The warfare, the manipulative religion, the injustice, the posturing of the mighty were all the result of refusal to submit one’s desires to God.
What is the source of peace? First, we must recognize that God is the source of all good. The faith that leads to obedience will result in our needs being submitted to God’s judgment. People who live in submission and obedience to God discover this is the way to peace or well-being. When two persons are walking in this way they can know such peace together because both can know that their interests are being cared for by God.
Are these merely pretty words, but not practical direction for today’s problematic dynamics? I suggest that they are immensely practical. They were given to Isaiah from the wisest Being of all. He knows what works. May our prayers and actions line-up with God’s will and magnificent character.
Prayer for January 27, 2017
Dear God, please help us to embrace your leadership and direction for our lives. There are an overwhelming number of trouble spots in the world. Please help leaders hear from you about your solutions to the immense problems that face the world.
We pray for churches and charities that are tirelessly serving migrants in all parts of the earth. May you supply them with the resources to care for those they are serving. May you protect those in migrant camps worldwide.
Please help us to hear from you and to join with you to solve the root causes of the troubles that are facing our earth.
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