Seek God’s Ways — Murl Baker Lenten devotional for March 10, 2022

Read Isaiah 58:1-2:

Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins. Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God.

Prayer: Jesus, we confess that we sometimes miss the mark. Reveal your ways to us. Give us wisdom to know when it’s time to shout and when it’s time to be quiet as we follow you. Amen

In Isaiah, the Lord wants us to call out loudly, to shout out the sins and injustices of the people. Where do we start? Pick your favorite injustice in today’s battered world (e.g. The plight of Palestinians, populations suffering climate change, gun violence, racism, homelessness, or capping the interest rates of predatory loans).  Go outside and shout about it. Then go back inside and check on the internet for people and organizations that share your outrage. Volunteer, donate, support those that share your passion for justice.

So, where does one find wisdom and spiritual guidance for our oft-errant feet on the path of life? As it was in the days of Isaiah, help is often in the form of community.