3rd Sunday – Isaiah 8:23-9:3; Ps 27; 1 Cor 1:10-13,17; Matthew 4:12-23
Before we see, God sees. First. Always first. Because love precedes. How many of these did He see in today’s word. He saw the heavy yoke, the rod of the oppressor, sitting in darkness.
Yes, God sees in the dark. The deepest. In the darkness of pain, despair, discouragement, falls, captivity. He sees it all. When we think we’re sitting in the dark, He’s already there. He lights the lamp because he has seen.
He saw two brothers. As they cast their nets. Ordinary, everyday work. Sometimes a joy, sometimes a nightmare. He sees that too. Although sometimes we’re convinced that He has left us alone. He hasn’t.
He didn’t leave us when the web of our relationships is wrenched. When we divide into those for Paul and Apollos. Conservatives and radicals. Right and left. Traditionalists and modernists. He sees our divisions and . . . painstakingly fixes what man has broken. He – the Light, the Salvation, the Defender of our lives.