27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “Though the number of the sons of Israel be like the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that will be saved; 28 for the Lord will execute His word on the earth, thoroughly and quickly” (Romans 9).
Paul quotes one prophet, Hosea, to tell us of God’s intentions for us, and then moves on to another prophet, Isaiah, to tell us of God’s execution of those intentions: that they will occur “thoroughly and quickly.” These two words have a poetic ring to them in the original (“sunteleō and suntemnō”), carrying the idea of taking a short cut to completely finish something. In other words, God takes holy short-cuts.
Now, from our perspective, most of the time it seems like God is always taking the long way around to achieve something, doesn’t it? But here we read about God taking a short cut! Really? I know whenever I take shortcuts, it’s because I don’t want to waste any time getting somewhere. Well, does God waste anything? No, I don’t think so — not even time. He wastes no time accomplishing His desires. And, yet, He is never rushed. His short-cuts are holy.
Again, from our perspective, in manufacturing, short-cuts are usually seen as a bad thing — skipping a valuable process here and there, which in the end represents shoddy work and inferior material. Well, concerning God’s work in our lives, His Spirit is indeed taking a short-cut — and yet His work is always first-rate, and the end result will be a flawless reproduction of the character of His Son. A holy short-cut, indeed!
Lord, we thank You for Your expert work in our lives, and that Your work in us to make us like Jesus is being done completely and quickly. Help us This Day to revel in this, while being soft clay in Your strong and expert hands. Amen.