His center holds

Isaiah 33: 6

He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge, the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure. NIV

I love that.  I love the way that’s written.  “He will be the sure foundation for your times.”

According to my chronological Bible, this verse was written in circa 700 B.C.  And, yet, in 2010, the words jump right off the page, as I am certain has been the case for centuries.   It doesn’t say “He was the foundation of my time” … it is an unequivocal statement for time and eternity … no matter who you are or when you read this, “He will be the sure foundation for your times.”

Now, that’s a reason not to worry.  God is here, he was there, and he will be wherever it is that I and the rest of the world are going next.

The Message translates this verse, “God is supremely esteemed.   His center holds.  Zion brims over with all that is just and right.  God keeps your days stable and secure — salvation, wisdom, and knowledge in surplus, and best of all Zion’s treasure, Fear-of-God.” MSG

There is quite a lot to that.  It’s one sentence, and yet, so powerful.

In this case, according to my Hebrew dictionary, the word “fear,” is translated “reverence.”  When I looked up “reverence” on Dictionary.com, it is “a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration.”

This verse certainly reminds me of the awesomeness of God.  He created all things, He keeps all things in order and yet, He cares for me.

I will think about all of these things today.

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