On what to do in any given moment
One of the devotionals that I read daily is Celtic Daily Prayer Book Two: Farther Up and Farther In. I have shared prayers from this book before. However, as I was reading the other day I was stuck by a particular entry on choice. Specifically, the choices we make as a follower of Christ and how we make those choices.
The passage is pared with several scripture readings. The passage from Isaiah I will share in full.
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice;blessed are all those who wait for him.
Truly, O people in Zion, inhabitants of Jerusalem, you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when he hears it, he will answer you. Though the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
On What to Do in Any Given Moment
Looking for the will of God and following Jesus are the same thing. And to follow Jesus is to walk, step-by-step, not knowing what may be asked of you in the next quarter of an hour. There is no book – whether the Rule of the Community or the Sermon on the Mount itself – on which you can rely to tell you exactly what you must do at any given moment. You have to keep your eyes wide open to discern that somehow the way before you is a way of love, in which God’s will for you is going to be revealed through the living presence of Jesus and in the following of His steps. That is an exciting and exacting and exhausting way to live, because you never know what is going to turn up. But the Lord chooses … such a life by offering the gift of His Way. There is something marvellous in the fact that God’s will for you in the next moment comes each time as a gift. – Roland Walls
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