Tuesday, March 2nd Isaiah 55:6-7

Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; 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. Isaiah 55:6-7

Sometimes we forget the basics.

The invitation in these verses begins with “seek the Lord.” How do we do that?

One step in seeking the Lord begins when we “call upon him while he is near.” We call upon him. We get quiet. We become still in body and still in spirit. We pray. And we listen.

As simple as this sounds, it is hard to do. I just experienced a normal Tuesday morning in our home. People waking up and getting ready to go, all stressed to varying degrees by the school work and the job work that lies ahead today, keeping the dog out of the cat food (and off the carpet), breakfast and hair and makeup and packing lunches and “don’t forget’s!!” and “Oops, I forgot my phone” and keeping the dog from running out into the street – and then the traffic! And then the day that lies ahead.

It is easy to see why “seeking the Lord” falls by the wayside. To our own peril. For if there is no room in our days for seeking the Lord it is easy to forget the deeper realities of life – the blessing of waking up in a warm bed, in a home filled with people you love who are God’s gifts in your lives, to a day without worries about where the next meal will come from, and the further blessing of meaningful daily work.

When we fail to seek the Lord, we forget who we are and Whose we are. It is as simple as a few moments of quiet. Praying the Lord’s Prayer. Perhaps writing in a journal (which is where I always land when I feel I have drifted too far away on my own.) I can’t do many other things at the same time when I’m writing so using a journal centers me in ways that little else can do. I’ve long since quit feeling bad about my inability to sustain journaling for more than a few days or weeks at a time – because I can always go back and it always works when I do.

Listening to the Bible with open ears and an open heart is seeking the Lord. These words that have been so long preserved were written just for this purpose – that God might have a word with us.

We can also seek the Lord with others. There is little that is more powerful than what Luther called “the mutual conversation and consolation of the brethren”, what the recovery movement calls sponsors and “check in friends” or what modern writers call “accountability partners.” When God seems far away, it is very helpful to have a couple of other people in our lives that we can reconnect with, and in that reconnection, God draws near.

Congregational life centers on coming near to God, and God coming near to us, in Sunday morning Word and Sacrament worship. Nothing can replace Sunday morning worship…but today is Tuesday and Sunday seems a long way away. “Seeking the Lord while he is near” is too important to wait.

Let us pray: Dear Lord, we are often so distracted by so many things that we forget to come to you. We forget your presence. We forget the power of being quiet in your presence. So we call on you this day, that you might be our rock, our guide, our lamp and our life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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4 Responses to “Tuesday, March 2nd Isaiah 55:6-7”

  1. Pam Blaesing Says:

    Thanks for the words about no-guilt journaling. Good to remember that it is a tool and not an obligation.

  2. Jane Says:

    Thank you … for yet again putting so beautifully and simply the importance of our relationship and communication with God …

  3. Marilyn Westman Says:

    Yes, this was a reminder that I needed to hear today! Thanks for
    putting your thoughts in a way that is easy to understand. I always
    look forward to your message for the day.

  4. Renee Butler Says:

    The constant I have clung to lately is this daily devotion that you send. My life is frantic and I have fallen short with weekly worship. I thank God that you are so faithful to write to us everyday.

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