January 31, 2015

Isaiah 51_4

Isaiah 51:1-8

When I sat down to write this devotion, my home instantaneously erupted with activity. My parents stopped by. My sister and niece brought my oldest daughter home from church. My three-year-old burst into loud, singsong conversation with her toys. My husband suddenly wanted to talk. My son was somewhere being much too quiet, and amidst the chaos, a trio of appliances hummed in the background.

Sometimes the busy-ness of life is overwhelming. Responsibilities, commitments, and relationships vie for our attention. Demands upon our time leave us feeling like we will never catch up much less enjoy a few treasured moments of peace.

Over this tumult of life, God calls us. With a persistent whisper, he beckons us to stop, listen, and look to him. Isaiah 51:1-7 Though the noise of life blares on, God quietly, continually calls us to turn down the volume on these things and listen instead to him, setting aside time for him each day; time to attend to his word, time to notice his faithfulness, time to make God the top priority in our busy lives. In this quietness, God sings the joyful melody of righteousness and salvation, and to our longing hearts, he gives his peace.

Prayer: Lord God, amidst the busy-ness of our lives, help us to make time to stop, listen, and look to you, our righteousness, our salvation, and our peace. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Paulette McHugh, Associate Pastor at
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lexington, SC.

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