Prayer: Speak to my heart, O God, through your Word, in Christ. Amen.
Listen to your heart
7 “Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have taken my instruction to heart:
Our devotion writer teaches us today that Isaiah chapters 40-44 cover the end period of the Jews exile in Babylon. Isaiah’s prophecies reflected the despair and discouragement experienced as they returned to Jerusalem and found so much destruction. They were not welcomed but found devastation and poverty. Nothing like they expected.
Our devotion writer explains; “Isaiah prophesies to lift the hearts of those who return and focus their attention on future goals. They will go out and become messengers of justice and salvation to others who live in darkness. God has stamped a new understanding upon their hearts.”
As we celebrate Lent we seek new direction and refocus of our missions. Our devotion writer again; “Isaiah 51 issues the call: You who have God in your hearts are able to see beyond the present moment. Go and give hope to those who cannot. This is the goal of caregivers and programs like Stephen Ministries. One who has experienced grief can reach out to someone who is grieving…Isaiah points out that those who have experienced God’s righteousness are best equipped to help others who are searching for reassurance.”
So as we seek direction and ways we can fulfill our commitments to God, we have suggestions to ponder, directions from God, instructions from Christ to share in different ways according to our gifts, the salvation of our God.
Prayer: “God, give me courage to share my own experience of your love with others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New International Version (NIV)
4 “Listen to me, my people;
hear me, my nation:
Instruction will go out from me;
my justice will become a light to the nations.
5 My righteousness draws near speedily,
my salvation is on the way,
and my arm will bring justice to the nations.
The islands will look to me
and wait in hope for my arm.
6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
look at the earth beneath;
the heavens will vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment
and its inhabitants die like flies.
But my salvation will last forever,
my righteousness will never fail.
7 “Hear me, you who know what is right,
you people who have taken my instruction to heart:
Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals
or be terrified by their insults.
8 For the moth will eat them up like a garment;
the worm will devour them like wool.
But my righteousness will last forever,
my salvation through all generations.”