June 18, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on Isaiah 61:1 “He has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners.”
We certainly need to hear some good news. We are still living with the pandemic. Finances are strained, social unrest spreads though our cities, political upheaval, rioting, and anarchy, plus much more give us pause.
Do we shake our heads and distance ourselves? Is it just ‘too difficult’ to even know where to start? The world Jesus entered was hostile and hard. There was a sense of helplessness, as many people lived at the mercy of others. Yet, time and again, Jesus came alongside people and situations that were considered troublesome. What did he do? He entered into people’s lives. He breathed love and hope and brought healing. He made time for people. He listened, recognized, and met their deepest needs
Can we do that?. Of course, we can, for we have been equipped with the Holy Spirit, the very spirit of God. We can start by first listening to them and going from there. Imagine what might happen!
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you for the Holy Spirit. Help us to recognize the precious people you place in our path. Help us to listen, to really listen, and be guided by you with words and actions. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen