Life is such that if we want to achieve something, we need to persevere and be persistent. For example, a couple who wants to conceive may need to watch out for the signs where the woman may be most fertile, make several attempts, and pray to God that they may be granted a "bun in the oven." To do well in exams, one may need to make sacrifices, and persevere and be persistent in one's studies and preparations. To get a job, one may need to persevere and be persistent in applying to several companies, attend interviews, and hope to receive a favourable response. But if you ponder for a moment, how many of us are just as persevering and persistent in our spiritual life?
In today's reading, the Lord is telling His people to do away with the yoke, the clenched fist, the wicked word, giving bread to the hungry, and relief to the oppressed. In return, what they will receive from the Lord is far more than they could ever imagine - The Lord will always guide them and give them relief in desert places, they will be like a watered garden, a spring of water, called "Breach-mender" and "Restorer of ruined houses." What the Lord is basically telling His people is this: persevere and be persistent in following the Lord's ways, and they will continue to live and prosper.
What about us? Are we willing to make more effort in persevering and persisting in growing in our spiritual life? May we not waste the many opportunities God gives us to grow closer to Him, and remain steadfast in our efforts, knowing with confidence that He will help and guide us.