October 12, 2019
Scripture: Isaiah 32:17-20
The fruit of righteousness will be peace, and the outcome of righteousness, calm and security forever. Then my people will live in a peaceful dwelling, in secure homes, in carefree resting places. Even if the forest falls and the humbled city is laid low, those who sow beside any stream will be happy, sending out ox and donkey to graze.
Thought for the Day: As I am writing this devotional, I am thinking about tomorrow morning (Saturday). I will be getting up around 3:15am to drive to Omaha, Nebraska, to catch a flight back to Houston. The temperature has gone from 50’s and 60’s to below freezing. I don’t believe there will be any problem driving to Omaha, but there is always a little concern when you drive unfamiliar roads before sunrise and it is below freezing. As I write, my expectation is that you will be reading this after I am already on the plane or even back to Houston. But I write these things to provide an example of life for most of us, a life that can be a bit chaotic, with unforeseen happenings that cause anxiety and some good old fashion fretting. It is not “End of the World” stuff, but since I have an important event on Saturday evening, I feel some apprehension about timing in regard to my flight. The Prophet speaks of righteousness, or some will translate it as the right-ness of God or right-living according to God. Those who live a certain way, in the ways of God, will know calm and security. Even if the world around them appears to be falling apart, they can live righteousness. I don’t know if the Prophet would agree with me or not, but it’s as if we are being told to choose the right things (the God way of living) when we have a choice. A lot of stuff just happens, and there is nothing we can do. But when life offers us the opportunity to do something, we need to do so with right-ness. It may not appear big, but when we make the decision to do something resembling God when every other factor in life would suggest a different decision, it brings with it a sense of connection to God. I will not let all the chaos, or the unforeseen troubles, dictate the choices I can make. Other stuff will happen that is beyond my control, and in those cases, I will claim even more passionately what I can do…and do so with a spirit of righteousness.
Prayer: Giver of Rightness and Right-Living, continue to guide me to those places and moments when I can choose to embody you to the world. And please make your presence known when the stuff of life happens and anxiety shows up. Amen.
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