Wednesday, October 4

Isaiah 55:6-13English Standard Version (ESV)

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.”


Reflection

Last weekend, I had the great privilege of attending a conference for children's ministers. At this conference, we heard a lot about being followers of Jesus who actually seek to know Him more each day. As I read today’s passage from Isaiah, I am taken back to a talk on seeking Jesus through prayer. I believe we can always seek our Lord and call upon Him when we come to Him in prayer.

Isaiah tells us that God's ways and thoughts are higher than ours - of course they are. He is our Lord. However, if you're like me, you might find yourself demanding that God would make us understand why something has gone wrong. I often lack a resolution until I come to God in prayer and begin to understand that His ways are greater, and I do not need to understand them to accept them. God's plan is so intricate and we are so interwoven into His story that we could not begin to fathom his plans for us.

We can trust that God will provide what we need exactly when we need it, and not when we decide that it is time. We must accept that our Lord is the Lord, and we are not. God's will occurs when God wills it to occur, and regardless of when or if our prayers are answered the way we wish, we can rest assured that God will provide us with exactly what we need.

The more we seek the Lord through prayer, the more we come to understand that he is truly sovereign. As we rely on prayer to build trust and love with God, then we can go out in joy and allow God's peace to lead us through life. Along with being Jesus' disciples, let us also be Seekers of the Lord every day. Would you commit with me to seek God more each day through prayer and meditation?


Prayer

Dear Lord, we know you are sovereign. We lift up our worries to you, and we pray that you would continue to work in our lives for your good. We accept that we cannot understand your thoughts and your ways, and we choose to go forward in joy and peace. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Written by Sam Neahring Director of Children and Family Ministries sneahring@stjohns-springfield.org