What kind of a steward are you being with all areas of your life? How are you being a steward of your money? Are you spending it on things that should have been for the essentials like food instead? How are you being a steward of your energy? Are you spending your time working on things that won’t last or won’t matter and won’t satisfy? How are you being a steward of information? Are you taking time to hear from the Holy Spirit in order to know what to do and how to do it in a way that will satisfy and produce a good return? Are you taking time to hear from God diligently in order that you not only are being filled by the Holy Spirit but are also producing the fruits of the Spirit? Why not turn back to God? Why not take time to hear from Him by listening to what He is saying to you be it through His Word in the Bible, be it through worship music at church or in the car or somewhere in between, be it through times of prayer and fasting. Make time or prioritize your time and take time! Connect with God! Receive Jesus into Your heart! Walk out your today aligned with God and pursuing His will and His plan and His purpose for your today!
Today’s reading comes to us from Isaiah 55 which reads:
The Compassion of the Lord
1 “Come, everyone who thirsts,—Isaiah 55
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
3 Incline your ear, and come to me;
hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
4 Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander for the peoples.
5 Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know,
and a nation that did not know you shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel,
for he has glorified you.
6 “Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call upon him while he is near;
7 let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
12 “For you shall go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
shall break forth into singing,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;
instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;
and it shall make a name for the Lord,
an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
So let’s not try to do it our way with the partial facts but instead let’s do what God calls us to do since He knows the beginning and the end. Let’s not lean on our own understanding but put our trust in God! Let’s do it God’s ways which are better and higher than our ways!
Isaiah 55 Ministries works among the Deaf and marginalized to make disciples, encourage the worship of Jesus, and promote justice and reconciliation. The deaf education programs span from K-12 with follow on vocational programs providing opportunists for manufacturing jobs. The outreach programs involve special projects in the neighborhood at the mission providing both economically and spiritually for those in the community where the mission is located. The work teams provide an opportunity to come alongside the mission staff to encourage, help, and participate in mission activities.—Isaiah 55 Ministries – What We Do
I learned that they help the deaf and disenfranchised in Mexico through education, outreach, and reconciliation. Today’s devotional points to how they have teams that help with community construction projects, after-school sports programs, and arts and crafts classes. From today’s devotional and their website we see how it points back to today’s reading from verse 2:
‘ Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.’—Isaiah 55:2
which we see is a call to have people listen to God.
Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God
Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…
Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…
Heavenly Father, I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything that will be in it. I thank You Lord that You provided a divine encounter where I could be asked, questioned, and encouraged. Help me Lord to have eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart that will be sensitive to Your prompting and direction. Help me Lord to have the conversations even when they aren’t easy. Help me Lord to take the trust I have in the leadership You have put over me for their authority comes from You and to take hold of the what’s next You have in store for me and are planning and scheduling to happen right on time, not early and never late. Lord, I am so thankful that You are good all the time and that all the time You are good. Help me today Lord to live out my today in a way that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.