Day 2 – Devotional
We need Jesus. We need to cry out to our Immanuel to open our eyes so we can see things from His perspective, because we have wandered from the truth. We are not much different than the Israelites thousands of years ago. We have lost our focus and our vision. We have become so influenced by the culture around us that we have wandered away unknowingly.
The people of Israel were God’s chosen people. God delivered them from their oppressors, provided for them miraculously, and demonstrated His power and love to them in many ways, but they continued to be enticed by the people and things around them and wander away. Do you long for the things of this world? Do you doubt God’s ways?
Can you hear God’s heart in today’s passage from Isaiah 1? Read all of Isaiah chapter 1 Isaiah Chapter 1 NLT and answer the questions that follow.
1. How does God describe Israel and their behavior? What is their heart condition?
2. What does He ask them to do?
3. How does He encourage them in verses 18-20?
Read Paul’s exhortation to the church in Ephesus and to the church as a whole in Ephesians 4:17-19.
Pray and ask the Lord to reveal your heart to you, to make known to you any areas of darkness, hard-heartedness, callousness, or impurity. What did He show you?
REFLECTION AND PRAYER
Find a cozy spot to sit. Take just a few minutes and continue to ask the Lord to search your heart. The Lord appreciates your earnestness and your diligence. A repentant, contrite heart the Lord will not despise.
Isaiah 1:2-4 NLT
2 Listen, O heavens! Pay attention, earth! This is what the Lord says: “The children I raised and cared for have rebelled against me. 3 Even an ox knows its owner, and a donkey recognizes its master’s care—but Israel doesn’t know its master. My people don’t recognize my care for them.” 4 Oh, what a sinful nation they are—loaded down with a burden of guilt. They are evil people, corrupt children who have rejected the Lord. They have despised the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.
Isaiah 1:18-20 NLT
18 Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool. 19 If you will only obey me, you will have plenty to eat. 20 But if you turn away and refuse to listen, you will be devoured by the sword of your enemies. I, the Lord, have spoken!”
Ephesians 4:17-19 TPT
17 So with the wisdom given to me from the Lord I say: You should not live like the unbelievers around you who walk in their empty delusions. 18 Their corrupted logic has been clouded because their hearts are so far from God—their blinded understanding and deep-seated moral darkness keeps them from the true knowledge of God. 19 Because of spiritual apathy, they surrender their lives to lewdness, impurity, and sexual obsession.
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