Today’s Reading: Isaiah 39:1-41:16 (additional reading: Psalm 66:1-20 and Proverbs 23:25-28)

In our Bible reading, Isaiah writes, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.” This word wait does not imply a passive hope-so attitude. But rather it implies an intensive focus on the Lord — an anticipation of His presence and His blessings. It is above all an excitement about Him!

Timothy J. Christenson said this about our worship, “If worship is just one thing we do, everything becomes mundane. If worship is the one thing we do, everything takes on eternal significance.”

We must come to grips with the fact that worship without intensity and interaction with God is dead and dry. And if it is this way, it is because we have made it so. On-the-other-hand worship from the heart is life-changing. In fact, it is the greatest means we have available to us, as Christians, for the renewal and strengthening of the soul.

Many times we miss the move of the Spirit because we are not tuned into what the Spirit is saying to us. We have our minds too much on the matters of this world

An American Indian was in downtown New York, walking with his friend who lived in New York City. Suddenly he said, “I hear a cricket.” “Oh, you’re crazy,” his friend replied. “No, I hear a cricket. I do! I’m sure of it.” “It’s the noon hour. There are people bustling around, cars honking, taxis squealing, noises from the city. I’m sure you can’t hear it.” “I’m sure I do.” He listened attentively and then walked to the corner, across the street, and looked all around. Finally, on the corner, he found a shrub in a large cement planter. He dug beneath the leaves and found a cricket. His friend was astounded. But the Cherokee said, “No. My ears are no different from yours. It simply depends on what you are listening to. Here, let me show you.” He reached into his pocket and pulled out a handful of change — a few quarters, some dimes, nickels and pennies. And he dropped it on the concrete. Every head within a block turned. “You see what I mean?” he said as he began picking up his coins. “It all depends on what you are listening for.”

Not only must we have “ears to hear” (Matt. 13:9), but we must learn what to listen for.

Reflection

What are you listening to?
Are you in tune with the Holy Spirit?

Prayer

Father, Thank you that You renew our strength when we are weak. Thank You that You speak to us and direct our steps. Help us to stay in tune with You and listen to the Holy Spirit’s promptings. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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