There is a thread that runs through all three of our passages today. Beginning in Isaiah where we find that God’s expectation is that his children would bear fruit. God’s people were to carry out his work and uphold justice. The people did bear fruit…but, the fruit was bad. And, as you might expect, Israel’s fate was not so good. Why is listening to, and for, God so hard?
In Job 33, Elihu points out so many times how God had spoken and the various ways in which he spoke…dreams and visions, suffering, etc. Job knows this. Elihu has accused Job of not listening to God…but that was not true.
And then we come full circle in Ephesians in Paul’s words...“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be associated with them. For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light— for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord.”
Devotion for Today: God calls us…he waits on us…he longs for us to be his light in the midst of darkness and to be a voice of hope in a world of great need. Our God stands by us…he gives us strength when we don’t seem like we can take another step. Listen for the voice of Jesus as you think about standing at the foot of the cross…listen…
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we hear your words to be a light for others as you call us to follow and serve you. Help each of us to let your light shine through us so that all those around us know your presence. Help us to proclaim more of you and less of us. Amen.