Today's Lectionary Text
Ho, everyone who thirsts,
Seek the Lord while he may be found,
Today’s text comes from the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah is warning the nation of Israel that they must repent of their sins and salvation is at hand. As I read the passage out loud, my heart resonated with a few specific verses. The first few verses in our passage Isaiah are calling those who do not have what they physically need, that even they are entitled to the God’s blessings and favor. Today, many of us can directly relate to not having what we need. When one goes to the grocery store and they see rations on everyday supplies such as meat, hand sanitizer and toilet tissue it can be disheartening to say the least.
As one who is healthy and has the means to go to the grocery store, I am privileged that I have more than others among me. Isaiah is sharing to the Israelites that God’s grace is open to all, especially the least, last, and the forgotten. When one does not have their basic human needs met, Isaiah can relate to them that Christ is coming for them. That we must hunger for more than what feeds the body (see Matthew 4:4). Christ is our Bread of life.
As we pray that all will have their physical needs met, we rejoice knowing that Christ lived, died and resurrected for all. The Good News is that Christ is returning for all who believe in him and repent of their sins. I also resonate with verse six in that our time on Earth is limited. This seems very real right now. We must encourage our family and friends to seek the Lord before we no longer can. Look to the skies, Christ is near!
-Spenser M Johnson
Prayer for Reflection
Holy and loving God, thank you for providing us with more than we need. During this time of trials and tribulations we pray for the least among us. We pray that we may all share the blessings you have given us and help each other to survive. We pray for those who are spiritually malnourished. May we continue to preach your Word during this time.
In the name of the Triune God.
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