This is what the LORD says– your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Isaiah 48:17-18 (NIV)
Do you want me to teach you what is best? Do you want me to show you the way that you should go? Do you want to experience my peace overflowing your life? Do you want to live a righteous life that is as consistent as the waves of the sea? Lord, I want to live the life that you have called me to live. I want to go where you guide me. I want to know and do your will. I want to do whatever is pleasing to you. Nothing would give me more peace than knowing that I am doing whatever you ask of me.
What must you do if you want to live the life that I have called you to live? You’re asking me? I thought you might tell me. No, you tell me. First of all, I must answer your call. You called me to come to you. Yes, I did. I gave my life to you. I said that I was going to turn away from my sin to follow you as my Savior and Lord. On that day you began your new life in me. Yes, I did.
That was the start of my walk with you on my journey through life. How have you known where to walk? How have you known what to do? I have followed you. How have you followed me? I have followed you to where you have led me. I have been careful to do what you have been asking of me. How have you been paying attention to me? I have been listening attentively to you. I have been meeting with you in your word. You have spoken to me through your word. You have helped me to know you. You have helped me to do your will. You have helped me to walk in your ways. You have changed my heart and transformed my mind. You have given me the desire to love, follow, and serve you. Your word has become the subject of my thoughts. Your word has been the content of my prayers. Your word has filled my heart with praise, and thanks, and worship. Your word has sustained my life, overflowed me with your peace, and helped me to live my life fully for you. Yes, it has.
Lord, you are my God. You have redeemed my life. Thank you for teaching me your will and showing me what is best for me. You direct me on the path through life. Help me to pay full attention to you and obey all your commands. Amen
Key Question… When have you failed to pay attention to your lack of peace about a decision and suffered for it?
Living It Out… Pay attention to the Lord and obey His commands so that He can teach you what is best for you.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will teach you what is best for you as you pay attention to Him and obey His commands.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group the peace you have in following and obeying God.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you pay attention to the Lord so He can show you what is best for you.
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