Scripture: from verse 9
take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness…
Observation: The chapter is about how God doesn’t want to be served with mere religious observances, but with service to others and compassion on the poor and needy. He promises great blessings if we will take Him seriously and be kind to others.
What caught my eye here is the bit about taking away pointing fingers from our communities. Certainly Scripture also calls us to (gently and carefully!) keep each other accountable, but we point fingers an awful lot. A lot of the time it’s wiser to mind our own business and trust God to guide other people His way.
Application: Be generous
Prayer: Yeshua, I praise you because you are the way and the truth and the life. I thank you because you made me and love me and have a plan for me, and you made and love and plan for every other person I know. Help me to help your plans and not hinder them. Amen.