We read today of the climax to the life of Naomi and her Moabite daughter-in-law Ruth, an example of how tragedy can turn out to be a blessing and become one of the building blocks, as it were, as part of God’s overall plan and purpose – Ruth became the great grandmother of David. God oversees human life and, “for those who love God all things work together for good” (Romans 8:28); essentially this is for the good of His purpose.

In our Isaiah reading we see how the Almighty stresses He is the originator of all that exists – and has an ultimate purpose in view. “I am the LORD and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity. I am the LORD who does all these things” (45:6,7). We also note that He says, “it was my hands that stretched out the heavens” (verse 12) and nearly all scientists are now agreed that everything spread out, apparently to infinity, from a big bang! But most think it was by ‘chance’!

Note verse 15, “Truly you are a God who hides yourself”. We have to apply our minds to realize there must be a Creator, an utterly incredible designer. The efforts over the last 150 years to prove beyond doubt that Darwinian evolution is true have ended in dismal failure – although not all are honest enough to admit this, but a number are.

The question in verse 9 is so interesting, so appropriate for God to ask – “Woe to him (or her) who strives with Him who formed him, a pot among earthen pots! Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ or ‘Your work has no handles?’”. We know that God’s work has “handles” – we mentally grasp them the more diligently we read the Bible! How good is your grasp? We all need to work at getting a really firm grip on the true meaning of life – and then to feel inspired by our heart-felt awareness of what God is making – and the awesome wonders to come when His work is complete, described to us, largely in symbolic language, as we read on in the book of Revelation.