A Montrose Church Lent Devotional by Pastor Rick
Lent Day 27
Today's reading: Isaiah 43:8-15
The faithfulness and truthfulness of God is revealed in Isaiah 43. So true and so faithful is God that He lays everything out on the table and invites anyone who can refute His claims to make their case. He told the people that He could take the heat of scrutiny, examination, and study. Then He said something that staggers the imagination. He told His people, as human and frail and broken as they were,
You are my witnesses… 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. I, even I, am the LORD and apart from me there is no savior" (v. 10-11).
God was specifically focused on His people. Whether or not other people or nations believed in Him, it was essential that His people really root and ground their lives on the reality of the living God. God’s witness in the world was people, people who really believed that He was God, that He was working in the world, that He was seeking to bring His redemption into the human situation. To them He said, "I am the LORD, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator, your King" (v. 15).
Today, God is working in the people of Jesus, bringing His redemption into the human situation. Jesus said, "I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it" (Matthew 16:18). In Acts 1:8 Jesus says, "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses…" Then in Acts 2:4 we read of how Jesus filled His people with the Holy Spirit and they began to witness to the people around them, and before the day was over, three thousand people came to faith in Jesus.
Whatever it is we believe Jesus is doing in our lives, a dynamic part of it is for us to live in the power of His Holy Spirit and to witness, by the way we live our lives, that Jesus is God with us, and that God is still drawing people to Himself that they might have life and have it abundantly (see John 10:10).
In the Lenten season we are brought face to face with our very real humanity and with God’s very divine redemption. To the first Church the apostle Peter said, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Acts 2:21). That message has never changed. So, it is we who proclaim and sing,
Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness," Lord, unto me!
- Thomas O. Chisholm, 1923
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