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Isaiah 43:8-15, I, I Am the LORD

Key Verse

You are my witnesses, says the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen.
I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior.
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.
— Isaiah 43:10a, 11, 14a, 15

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, April 5, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

If there was any question about who God is, and who we are in relationship to God, it is clearly and powerfully laid to rest here.

Such amazing language, such strong images. God is Redeemer, Holy One, Creator, King, and LORD. 

This leaves no room for anyone to try to be God in his or her own life, or in the lives of others. I need to be reminded of this daily—it is so easy to fall into the temptation to bulldoze through my life and everyone around me so that I feel comfortable. To think that solving all the world’s problems rests on my shoulders. To act control everyone and everything as if the fate of the universe were up to me. Here’s a hint: it’s not.

If God is God, then who are we to be? Above all, we are witnesses. Witnesses to the power of God in our lives and in the world. Actors directed by God to do God’s will and work in the world, while leaving the outcomes to God alone. 

What sweet relief! Not having to manage things I have no business trying to manage suddenly frees my mind and heart so that I can come before God in humility, ask what it means to be a witness in my life today, and trust the world to my Redeemer, Holy One, Creator, King, and LORD.

Holy and merciful God, inspire me to witness to you through my words and actions in the world, trusting in your power and love.  

 

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