Lenten Devotion for February 28th
A Lenten Devotional written for the Love Your Neighbor Coalition
An Invitation to Abundant Life
55 Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and you that have 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 carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
3 Incline your ear, and come to me;
listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
4 See, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander for the peoples.
5 See, you shall call nations that you do not know,
and nations that do not know you shall run to you,
because of the LORD your God, 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 their way,
and the unrighteous their thoughts;
let them return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says 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.
Buy wine and milk for free, come and be quenched without cost? This does not describe a time of deprivation; this is not calling us to deny ourselves. This is the prophet calling us into an abundant relationship with our creator! Calling us to rich food and telling us to live life, calling us to return to the one who knit us together in our Mother’s womb and created us exactly the way we are. Reminding us of the covenantal relationship we have with God. Reminding us of the promises of that covenant; relationship with God is rich, and satisfying, it gives us direction when we are lost, and it is thirst quenching in such a way that we will never thirst again for that which will not satisfy us.
When I read this passage I think back over the times in my life when I was the most confused about my direction in life and I realize that in all of those times of uncertainty God has always revealed direction to me. They say hindsight is 20/20 right? But it is when I look back over the course of my life and I see how time and time again God has provided; direction, resources, mentors, and peace with my path, that I can reassure myself now that God will continue to provide.
Seek God and God will show you the way in which you should travel. Listen for God and God will tell you the things you need to know. Reach for God and you will find the arms of comfort and acceptance waiting for you. Return to God and you will find the reassurance and pardon that your heart has been seeking. Take this time of Lent and renew your relationship with your creator because God’s ways are not the ways of ours, God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, and the way of Heaven is not the way of the Earth.
Prayer: Oh Glorious and gracious God. How can I conceive of your forgiveness and mercy, how can I fathom the plans you have for me? Hold me in your comforting arms, help me hear your voice and listen to your direction when I am floundering. Guide me as I journey through this season and open my heart and mind and will to learn what it is you need to teach me. I ask this humbly of you my Creator, my Sustainer and my Redeemer. Amen.
Question: What have been the times in your life that you have had to wait for God’s guidance and when you did feel called in a new direction in life what did it feel like to follow? Are you in a season of following or listening this Lent?by