August 07, 2020 – Friday
Isaiah 43:10-13 NIV
10 “You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He. Before Me no god was formed, nor will there be one after Me.
11 I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from Me there is no savior.
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed— I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God.
13 Yes, and from ancient days I am He. No one can deliver out of My hand. When I act, who can reverse it?”
Who are the witnesses? The people of Israel are His witnesses. They are the ones who should know with great clarity all the miraculous things He had done for and amongst them. Each and every miracle was a witness to the irrefutable fact that He and He alone is the only true God.
But it was His people whom He wanted to know and believe Him while understanding that I am He. Beyond being witnesses, the nation of Israel was chosen to be His servant so they might serve Him.
The first act of serving Him was to know and believe Him. Who better for He had freed them from the slavery of Egypt, opening the Red Sea for their escape among many miracles. All they would have to do is remember so they could understand that I am He. In doing so, they could then believe Him, they could confide in Him, and trust in Him.
It is different for us today as we know and believe in His Son, Jesus the Christ. We know of Him and His Son, but we do not see Him and yet believe. Of course, like them, we see miracles in the lives of those around us and/or in our own lives and we believe. Nonetheless, Jesus tells us in John 20:29b blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. While I wonder at the incredible blessing of Grace, I also wonder at the blessing received from believing what we know to be true.
It is worth contemplating while preparing for church this weekend, the blessings in our lives for believing and accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The blessings are great indeed. Have a Great Weekend and remember to Go To Church.