4 但我說：“我勞碌是徒然的；我用盡氣力，是虛無虛空的；然而我當得的公理是在耶和華那裡，我的賞賜是在我的 神那裡。”
5 現在，耶和華說：（他自我還在母胎的時候，就造了我作他的僕人，好使雅各回轉歸向他，使以色列可以聚集到他那裡；我在耶和華眼中被看為尊貴，我的 神是我的力量。）
1 Listen to me, you islands;
hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the LORD called me;
from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.
2 He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me into a polished arrow
and concealed me in his quiver.
3 He said to me, “You are my servant,
Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.”
4 But I said, “I have labored in vain;
I have spent my strength for nothing at all.
Yet what is due me is in the LORD’s hand,
and my reward is with my God.”
5 And now the LORD says—
he who formed me in the womb to be his servant
to bring Jacob back to him
and gather Israel to himself,
for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD
and my God has been my strength—
6 he says:
“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
to restore the tribes of Jacob
and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
Read slowly and gently through the passage. Savor each portion of the reading, listening for the “still, small voice” of a word or phrase that somehow says, “I am for you today.”
TAKE in the word or phrase that touches you. Memorize it and slowly repeat it to yourself, allowing it to interact with your inner world of concerns, memories and ideas.
SPEAK to God. Interact with God as you would with one who loves and accepts you. And give to Him what you have discovered in reading and reflection.
REST in God. Rejoicing in the knowledge that God is with you in both words and silence, in spiritual activity and inner receptivity.
Journaling: Write down your experience, any thought, and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.
Suggested Passion Week additional devotional reading: John 13:21-38
Jesus predicts his betrayal.