Sunday, 13th January, 2019
Reference text: Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11
Isaiah 40:9 O Zion, you who bring good tidings, Get up into the high mountain;
O Jerusalem, you who bring good tidings, lift up your voice with strength,
Lift it up, be not afraid; Say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”
A few days ago, a post I read mentioned this idiom: ‘Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder’. This is one I have heard of, and clearly understand what it intends. But somehow, subconsciously one word in that idiom has been churning through my mind for a while now; the word ‘BEHOLD’. Hence, as I read the verse from Isaiah today which ended with ‘Behold your God’, I smiled.
Based on that idiom, if beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, then ‘beholding’ is no small feat. The dictionary attempts a definition but lacking a single unified definition, a multi-faceted option is presented in the words: ‘To fix the eyes upon; to see with attention; to observe with care.’ Therefore, the invitation to ‘behold our God’, is something more than seeing Him. In fact, it is so much more than that.
It comes with a desire to gaze upon His excellency, to look into His eyes in utter amazement and sheer adoration of His Majesty and Glory. It embodies a unique expression of surrender that proceeds from a heart eager to receive love. In beholding, we are required to have restricted vision within limits, such that the only person in our line of sight, the one person we have in focus; is God.
My dear, when you behold God, even when your eyes are meant to be filled with tears, there will be a glow of joy in them. When your face is meant to show an expression of disappointment and despair, hope radiates. When there appears no reason to rejoice because the world around is collapsing beneath your very feet, you stand firm on a solid ground that is your God.
Remember # when you behold your God, while others run away from the storm, you will dance in the rain.