S (Scripture): John 12:37 Although Jesus had performed so many miraculous signs before them, they still refused to believe in him, 38 so that the word of Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled. He said, “Lord, who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” 39 For this reason they could not believe, because again Isaiah said,
40 “He has blinded their eyes
and hardened their heart,
so that they would not see with their eyes
and understand with their heart,
and turn to me, and I would heal them.”
41 Isaiah said these things because he saw Christ’s glory, and spoke about him.
O (Observation): Many times in scritpture we hear about folks being blind or deaf to God’s word. The purpose seems to be that one would have to depend not solely upon one’s eyes or ears, but rather with full dependence upon God, one would turn to God and trust completely.
Iasaiah’s words confirm this understanding of believing in God. And not only that, but Isaiah makes reference to Christ as the one in whom God would be most fully revealed.
For Isaiah to make a reference to Christ means more than just the person of “Jesus.” Christ is the one who is in all and brings all things into being. Isaiah didn’t know of Jesus, but he certainly knew of “Christ.” Christ would be the one to help the world turn to God for all things.
A (Application): Today, not many people express a need to believe in God. And even those who do believe in God don’t express a desire to share that belief. We tend to separate our financial self and physical self from our spiritual self.
The truth is that our spiritual self informs ALL of our being…all of our aspects of life. That is the hope of Christ…the one who is all and is in all.
As we get ready to vote today we are to look not just to a political candidate, but to Christ as our source and hope. At the same time, we are called to live out our hope in this world. In a political system such as ours, we vote for a candidate we hope will embody values that will lift up the human dignity of all people.
As you vote today, regardless of the results, lift up Christ as the one in whom you put your hope.
P (Prayer): Lord, be with our country this day, and let the outcome come with you as our hope and stay. Amen.