Gift: Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe) – With the gift of wonder and awe (fear of the lord), we are aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love.
Reading: “Repairer of the breach,” they shall call you, “Restorer of ruined dwellings.” (Isaiah 58:12b)
Observation: For the last couple of weeks, I have become more aware of the fact that Jesus wants to be directly involved in my salvation. Not as some distant ideal or moral compass, but as a willing partner who is willing to help me through whatever is holding me back from following God’s will. The first reading today tells me that I must be willing to share this message with others if the breach of trust in the church is going to be repaired and the dwellings of all believers is going to be restored back to the heavenly dwellings that God wills them to be. In order to be doing God’s work, I must be willing to go to the place that I could find the most sinners. I will wait to see what God has in store for me there.
Personification: Patience Rather than think of all the places that I could find the most sinners, I will try to display the fruit of patience and wait for the holy Spirit to show me the places that I need to go to encounter those, like me, who are in need of repentance. The truth is, I can just plan on being truly present for the people I will meet at the church, and share the vision that I have received about the future of our world if we just learn how to accept God’s love and mercy.
Prayer: Lord, help me to be patient and wait for you to show me the people who will be most affected or are most in need of this message of your love and who, like me, are in need of repentance. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.
- The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him (jonahzsong.wordpress.com)
- The Foundation of Wisdom by Mark D. Roberts (trinityspeaks.wordpress.com)
- Knee Pads (mygraceissufficient.wordpress.com)