More Than Bread Devotional for 6/11/12

1 Thus says the Lord:
“Keep justice, and do righteousness,
for soon my salvation will come,
and my righteousness be revealed.
Blessed is the man who does this,
and the son of man who holds it fast,
who keeps the Sabbath, not profaning it,
and keeps his hand from doing any evil.”

Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say,
“The Lord will surely separate me from his people”;
and let not the eunuch say,
“Behold, I am a dry tree.”
For thus says the Lord:
“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
who choose the things that please me
and hold fast my covenant,
I will give in my house and within my walls
a monument and a name
better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
that shall not be cut off.

“And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord,
to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord,
and to be his servants,
everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it,
and holds fast my covenant—
these I will bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer
for all peoples.”  – Isaiah 56:1-7

I would guess that most of you have noticed that there was a week-long gap in the devotionals.  While I try to write and post these every weekday, there are times when circumstances make that difficult and times when I simply have nothing to say.  I need a recharge from time to time.  The last couple of weeks interfered with my normal time of rest and reset as I followed the example of our Master to do good (especially on the Sabbath).  It is my usual custom for the last few years now, to make the Sabbath a deliberate time of rest in our house and for me personally as much as I am able.  I am convinced from reading much Scripture, that this time is still blessed by God and that He blesses anyone who takes heed to His instruction in this area.  This passage from Isaiah is prophetic to the times we live in and even to the age yet to come, when Jesus restores the Kingdom at His second coming.  His promise is sure and His ways are true.  May our lives be lived as a continual offering to Him in the manner in which He has given to us to live them (Romans 12:1-2).

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About jeofurry

Husband, father, pastor, musician and who knows what else. Just living to love the Lord will all my heart, soul and might.
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