We often reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on March 24, 2015.
Prayer: Dear God, instruct our tongues to speak your Word and words that instruct the weary. Amen
Reading: Isaiah 50: 4-9a (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. Isaiah 50: 4a
Oh, do I ever need this verse; especially the first part of it: a well-instructed tongue. Saying the right thing at the right time and not saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Imagine. No more open mouth and insert foot. That would be good for all of us, surely.
Let's look at the rest of the verse: to know the word that sustains the weary. Now there is truly a gift. Are you weary? I certainly am at times but the right words can go a long way in strengthening the body, lifting the spirit and encouraging the heart. The weariness is overcome and we carry on.
What kind of word sustains the weary? An offer of help to someone struggling alone. A greeting to a tired cashier. An expression of care to a person who is hurting. What is the Word that instructs the weary? The Word that says God loves us and we are to love others. That is the Word to say to all.
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