Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. — Isaiah 55:2b-3
No doubt by now there is temptation to put that “too big” thing back into your life. I did a 40-day fast from something while writing this, and slipped up on day five. Even if you indulged, recommit and keep going. Do not let it derail you.
Today’s scripture is very encouraging. In the last few days, God has given us all an invitation. Come. Come to the waters. Come without cost. Stop spending your time and energy on things that do not matter. And then today…listen to me.
This is not God clapping His hands and saying, “Hey, listen up everyone, I need your attention over here for a moment.” God says, “Give ear and come to me.” Other versions say “incline your ear” and “open your ears.” The Hebrew word has a connotation of submission. Stop and surrender completely to God.
Imagine a child is playing, and her father says, “Come here, sit on my lap, and look at me.” The child stops what she is doing, walks over, and sits on his lap. Then she either pays attention to her father or looks longingly at the toys on the floor. God wants us to listen to Him, not just with our ears, but with our hearts. He wants us to give Him our full attention.
This is what Lent is: a yearly reset where we take a close look at our relationship with God, and make bold adjustments to realign our hearts with His. It is not easy. It is not meant to be.
These devotions are meant to stretch and challenge you as they did me as I was writing them. They are meant to make you think about where God is in your life. Someone described a pastor as “someone who helps a community and/or person pay attention to the work and activity of God.” That is my goal.
Next week we will dig in a little deeper.
To Think/Pray About Today
What things in your life need your attention right now? Work? School? Family? Home repairs? No doubt you have a list. Where is God on that list? Do you think you incline your ear and listen well?
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