“Draw near to me, hear this! From the beginning I have not spoken in secret, from the time it came to be I have been there. And now the Lord GOD has sent me and his spirit. Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the LORD your God, who teaches you for your own good, who leads you in the way should go. O that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your prosperity would have been like a river, and your success like the waves of the sea; your offspring would have been like the sand, and your descendants like its grains; their name would never be cut off or destroyed from before me. Go Out from Babylon, flee from Chaldea, declare this with a shout of joy, proclaim it, send it forth to the end of the earth; say, ‘The LORD has redeemed his servant Jacob!’ They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts; he made water flow for them, from the rock; he split open the rock and the water gushed out. ‘There is no peace,’ says the LORD, ‘for the wicked.’” Isaiah 48:16-22
Creator God calls out to Creation. From the very beginning of this creative act God has spoken and creation was, is and is to come. God leads from the front, commands from a position of authority and promises with a permanent attitude of love. God’s Over-the-Horizon Promises demand an Over-the-Horizon Faith. O that I/you would pay attention! Grace flow like a river, one cannot see where the water comes from or where it goes, but it keeps on coming and going. Grace rolls in like waves and though we can stand on the shoreline and see the waves, each different from the one before, we cannot where the water came from or where it goes before and after each wave crashes on the shoreline. God promises deliverance from captors and captivity, God promises freedom and life, life abundant, life everlasting. O that each day I draw near, that I hear that I respond. That I live into God’s Over-the-Horizon Promises by responding with Over-the-Horizon Faith. Will join me in the journey? There we will find peace!