Scripture: Isaiah 44-45.
(What is God saying here?)
Isaiah 45:21-23 (NLT)
21 Consult together, argue your case. Get together and decide what to say. Who made these things known so long ago? What idol ever told you they would happen? Was it not I, the LORD? For there is no other God but me, a righteous God and Savior. There is none but me.
22 Let all the world look to me for salvation! For I am God; there is no other.
23 I have sworn by my own name; I have spoken the truth, and I will never go back on my word: Every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess allegiance to me.”
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
It seems like a common theme between these two chapters is that there is only one God and that beside Him there is no other. This actually comes directly from the Ten Commandments, but yet the Israelites needed reminding of this again, because they had lost sight of their Creator and had fallen to idols or manmade images that they could see and touch. God reminded these people of His power and His love that He had shown them so much over the years and that there should be no question in their minds. How is it with you friend? In spite of all that you have witnessed and experienced that you can attribute to the hand of God, do you still doubt Him when things don’t appear to be going your way? Do you still look to idols for answers or satisfaction – things like alcohol to satisfy your nerves, or television to get your mind off the pressures of the day, or gossip about the other person hoping instead to promote self? Friend, there is only one true God, why not place your full strength in Him today and allow Him full control of Your life? Look to His commands and instructions to decide on how you should live and how you should handle yourself in everyday circumstances. There is so much proven about our God already, there is no need to doubt His power or nothing that would prohibit your faith and trust in Him. Let Him be God and especially let Him perform His mighty works in you.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Lord Jesus, too often we depend on things of this world that may have created temporary relief to us or things that we see our peers depending on, because they do not have the faith to depend on You. Please help me to keep my eyes so fixed on You that the things of this world will grow dim and of little value to me. I am convinced that You are the God of this creation, for You brought it into existence. I am convinced that You love me with a love that is unexplainable and uncomprehendable because You sacrificed Your only Son on Calvary so that I may be blessed with the wonderful gift of eternal life with You in heaven. So being reminded of Your love for me and of the power that is Yours, please help me to never doubt or never look elsewhere for answers or love, but to always place my faith and trust in You. Please tender the hearts of those that I know and love that do not know You as Lord and Savior of their lives, so that they too may come to a full and complete understanding and acceptance of You today.
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