Daily Reading // Isaiah 18:1-7
READY // SILENCIO
Take a moment to quiet your mind and prepare your heart for your time with the Lord.
READ // LECTIO
Read the passage above up to three times aloud. Allow yourself to feel the words as they are read.
REFLECT // MEDITATIO
Now direct your focus on the words, phrases concepts or sentences that got your attention. What is God speaking to you today through His word?
Isaiah 18:3 All inhabitants of the world and dwellers on the earth: When he lifts up a banner on the mountains, you see [it;] And when he blows a trumpet, you hear [it.]
I think people are territorial, or tribal, by nature. In other words, we function best in communities with those who are closest to us. It even impacts our identity. However, we are also affected by those more distant. Ethiopia was a distant neighbor to Israel, yet they had relationship with one another. What one does affects the other. God is the One who makes the whole world a global community. He is the common denominator. He brings everyone near. When the man asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?“, Jesus could have answered, “The whole world.”
“For God so loved the world.” Do I?
RESPOND // ORATIO
Pray in response to what the Lord has spoken to you.
Father, Give me Your heart for the world. Rid me of any prejudice that exists in me. Today I pray for missionaries all around the world who have responded to Your call to preach the gospel to the whole world. Some are shamed. Some are discouraged. Some are in harm’s way. Lift them up today, Lord
Tomorrow’s reading -> Isaiah 19:1-25