Friday, March 4 / Day 3  

Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? — Isaiah 55:2a

How are you feeling?

Are you feeling the absence of whatever you decided to give up for Lent? Do you find yourself reaching for the remote, junk food, social media apps, sugar, or whatever you chose? The cravings are strong but will calm down. Right now, we are all resisting the urge to pick something up that has gotten too big in our lives. Expect temptation. Ask God for help. We do not do anything alone—God is there. We just need to call on Him.

In today’s verse in Isaiah, God asks, “Why are you spending time on things that will never fulfill you? Why are you wasting your energy on things you already know will not satisfy you?”

How do you spend your time and energy? How do you organize your day? Do you deliberately do things that nourish you and glorify God, or do you spend a lot of time trying to numb or distract yourself?

The harder question is why. Why do you spend your time and energy the way you do? It may be because you are raising young children or taking care of elderly parents and this season is simply extra busy. It may be because you are a health care worker or teacher or in some other profession that is under more stress because of the pandemic.

But consider whether you have fallen into the trap of glorifying busyness. Society says we are important if we have a jam-packed schedule. Being exhausted is a point of pride.

But at what cost?

Has God become someone to schedule in when convenient, or is He the center of everything? Do you ask God how He wants you to spend your time, or do you organize your life the way you want it and God can come along for the ride?

To Think/Pray About Today

How do you spend your time and energy? More importantly, why? Is your schedule your own, or do you involve God in the process of organizing your day?

Prayer Focus: Brentwood Builders

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