Mission Devotional - November 10, 2018
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Opening Prayer: Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening. (1 Samuel 3:10)
Scripture: Isaiah 55:1-3
Journal: As of late, what has been the fruit of listening in your life? What have you heard God say to you? What is he saying to you in these verses?
Reflection: "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters, and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live."
Just look at the words: Come, come, come, come; listen, listen to me; give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. Do you think coming and listening are very important to God? It would certainly seem so. I wonder, then, why he don't actually do it more often.
Is it because we are far too busy trying to control and manage our chaotic lives? Is it because we are too consumed with trying to find life on our own? Is it because we do not really believe that God speaks? Or is it because we do not really believe that we can, or will, hear him? There must be some compelling reason, otherwise, from these verses alone, it seems like we would be beating a path to God's door.
I mean, look at what the fruit of coming and listening really is: your soul will delight and your soul will live. Isn't that what we all most deeply desire? Aren't we all desperate for the deepest, truest part of ourselves to come to life like never before? Why on earth, then, would we not do everything within our power to obtain the delight and the life that Isaiah is talking about? All it takes is for us to come, to shut our mouths, to open our ears, and to truly listen to whatever it is that God has to say to us. It is not all that complicated. The only question is: Will we?
Prayer for the church, for others, for myself
Global Partner Focus: Asia
Jeff and Ellen work among unreached people groups in two restricted access countries of Southeast Asia catalyzing Church Planting Movements. Pray today for the Lahu Aga people. They continue to be under relentless attack from the enemy through opium and meth addiction and governmental pressure.
Cedar Springs adopted Lonsdale Elementary in 2003. Lonsdale, with more than 400 students PreK through 5th grade, only serves the Lonsdale area. Over the years, the racial make-up of the school, whose students are 100% free lunch qualified, has changed to primarily Hispanic and African-American children. Pray today for all the children that attend Lonsdale Elementary, their families, and their teachers during this school year.
Closing Prayer: Speak, Lord, to the heart of your servant, that my heart may speak with you. - Guigo II