Lent Devotions 2012: Tuesday 3rd April

“All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.”
Isaiah 53:6

In this passage Isaiah is talking about the Israelites who have gone astray from God, think of how quickly they went astray after seeing God part the Red Sea during the time of Moses. Yet we, who have knowledge of Jesus and all He has done for us, have also gone astray or even rejected our Lord.

Human nature is to desire control and to ‘take things into our own hands’ as often as possible. It is very hard for us, even those of us who trust in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, not to turn to our own ways instead of trusting and allowing God to work in our lives.

My prayer for myself and my brothers and sisters in Christ, is that we allow God to work in and through us and that we trust Him to care for us, even when things seem out of control or not as we desire them to be. The question we must ask ourselves is: does Jesus Christ, the “good shepherd” (John 10:16), gather us, lead us and guide us, or are we still wanting to go our own way like “wandering sheep”?

Lord, I thank You for the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross for my sins and the sins of the whole world. Please forgive me for going astray as the Israelites did when they did not trust You to be the “good shepherd”. Help me to keep my eyes on You and my ears attuned to Your voice. Amen.