Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text.
Read Isaiah 5:8
There are many well-known and meaningful verses in the book of Isaiah – this verse is not one of them. However, it is a very meaningful verse for our time. In our time old faming fields, orchards, and other plots of land are being developed for new houses. These new houses also seem to be being built closer and closer to one another yet people are increasingly isolated from their neighbors and one another and feel alone. I believe this text highlights the importance of relationships with our neighbors and the people around us so that we will not experience loneliness. God also does not want us to be lonely. This current season in which we are isolating for health reasons will pass and when it does my hope is that a new season of community and relationships will dawn in all of our lives because we are better together.
Please use the following questions for more reflection.
How have you witnessed communities or towns change in your lifetime? Do you feel as if people know each other as well as they used to know one another?
Do you believe that we have been created to be in relationships with other people? How does God’s nature demonstrate the importance of relationships?
How might you be a better neighbor to others and thus demonstrate the love of Jesus to others?
Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words.
Gracious Heavenly Father, many people do live closer and closer to one another but also feel increasingly distant and isolated from others. Loneliness is a major struggle for many people in the world today. Lord, help me not to isolate and help me to show the love of Jesus by loving those in my communities and genuinely seeking to be in relationships with others. Amen.