Listen to this devotional:
Isaiah 4:5b-6 – God's own glory will be like a huge tent that covers everything. It will provide shade from the heat of the sun and a place of shelter and protection from storms and rain. (CEV)
A recent series of severe storms left our backyard and green areas littered with debris that had been torn from two very large poplar trees. There are large pieces of broken limbs many feet in length, small twigs just a matter of inches long, and all sizes in between. Fortunately, no damage was caused to property or people, as these pieces were torn from the trees and flung out onto the lawn areas away from our homes late in the day, when most were indoors sheltered from the storm.
Likewise, sin, which can enter our hearts and minds (often unexpectedly), tears us apart and litters our spirits with the debris of wrong choices and bad decisions, bringing us into lifestyles that destroy all that is good. Sins can be anything and everything from large "hurt those you love" sins, to small, seemingly insignificant wrongs, that together wreak havoc on us and all that we hold dear, taking us on journeys that we never imagined could happen to us.
Isaiah 40:28-29 – Don't you know? Haven't you heard? The Lord is the eternal God, Creator of the earth. He never gets weary or tired; his wisdom cannot be measured. The Lord gives strength to those who are weary. (CEV)
We don't always have the wisdom to live life without error. After all, we are not perfect beings. But we can choose to live differently by striving to be God-driven and Jesus-spirited. He is always ready to assist us and shelter us if we call upon Him, and our footsteps can be guided by Jesus, Son of God, in the everlasting way.
Prayer: Father, enable us to heed the signs that You send when we are entering stormy lifestyles. Gather us up, tidy our thinking and our actions, and grow us more in Your image, so as to stand erect and strong like trees freed of all that is broken. Amen.