Friday, August 01, 2008

Awesome!

August 1: Isaiah 64-66

1 Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains might quake at your presence—
2 as when fire kindles brushwood
and the fire causes water to boil—
to make your name known to your adversaries,
and that the nations might tremble at your presence!
3 When you did awesome things that we did not look for,
you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
4 From of old no one has heard
or perceived by the ear,
no eye has seen a God besides you,
who acts for those who wait for him.
5 You meet him who joyfully works righteousness,
those who remember you in your ways.

8 But now, O Lord, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
Isaiah 64:1-5 & 8

1 Thus says the Lord:
“Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool;
what is the house that you would build for me,
and what is the place of my rest?
2 All these things my hand has made,
and so all these things came to be,
declares the Lord.
But this is the one to whom I will look:
he who is humble and contrite in spirit
and trembles at my word.
Isaiah 66:1-2

Awesome!

Look at the progression of thought in the passages from Isaiah shown above. First we note the awesome deeds of God, then we reflect that He is the potter and we are but the clay, and last we acknowledge that God looks for those who are humble and contrite in spirit.

When you think about it, this is really a summary of the Gospel. Christ our Savior, comes on behalf of a righteous and holy God, to provide salvation to people who are eternally lost and condemned. Those who respond to Christ understand that He is the Potter, and they are the clay, causing them to submit to the Lord in humbleness of spirit.

We not only do not deserve this salvation offered to us by Christ, we were not even looking for it!

I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me;
I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me.
Isaiah 65:1

Take some time to ponder the meaning of Christ being the Potter and we being the clay. How should that affect our daily lives? We make our plans, but God directs our steps! We set goals for our lives, but God's eternal purpose for us will prevail! As we contemplate this, what should be our proper (and only) response?

But this is the one to whom I will look:
he who is humble and contrite in spirit
and trembles at my word
.


Pray today that you would live this day in a humble and contrite spirit, trembling at the Word of God!

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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