Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/6/2022: Isaiah 2:2

Today please be in prayer for

Atchison UMC
Topeka District
Berryton UMC
Big Springs, KS UMC
Topeka District
Buck's Grove UMC
Circleville UMC
Topeka District
NEK Multi-County Health Dept. Hospice Chaplain
Denton, KS UMC
Topeka District

Today's Lectionary Text

Isaiah 2:2

“In days to come, the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it.”
 

Today's Devotional

“The nations shall stream.” Did Isaiah mean live streaming? The Hebrew for the sentence is haggowyim = nations with wenaharu = and shall flow. In 600 BCE, streaming meant to flow like water. In 2022, streaming means streaming on the net. Thoughts of the migration to streaming worship services come to mind. Memories are triggered of how the nations began streaming for work, school, and church for many months. It made changes in our lifestyle.

Thinking about the original context of Isaiah 2:2 brings the image of nations flowing to Jerusalem as the spiritual high point after the exile. On the one hand, we have the image of Jerusalem as the home of the Passover pilgrimage. On the other hand, we have the image of Judeo-Christianity going worldwide. It is all the nations, all the world finding God in a new Jerusalem. Worldwide has become the worldwide web.

There is a new way to go to Jerusalem. Or so it seems. There were plenty of Israelites who walked in and out of the Temple and never “found” God. There are many of us browsing in and out of online worship and devotionals. But are we walking through like tourists, or are we really having spiritual experiences that take us to higher ground? Are we looking, or are we seeking? Are we expecting warm, fuzzy, mountain top moments every time we pray or worship? Is that realistic? Is it a wiser goal to seek to be a little closer and start with one step higher? Are we browsing or believing?
-- Rev. Scott Evans
Doniphan and Rosedale UMC Parish

sevans@greatplainsumc.org   

Prayer for Reflection

Dear God, thank you for your full presence in the New Jerusalem. Please, forgive us for just passing through, for browsing spirituality. Help us be fully present in our prayers. Keep our eyes on Jerusalem. Help us find you in the temple of our hearts. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
 

 

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