During this LEARNING TO HEAR series I’m taking a different approach to these devotionals. I want to us work harder at searching the scriptures for ourselves. We will use the ‘Come to Jesus Daily’ method below to help us with this. It’s well worth the hard work involved!
“I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides me. I am the LORD, and there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:5-6)
I’ve included my reflections on today’s text below. However, I encourage you to pray and spend time reflecting (writing can be helpful) using the 5 questions below before reading my thoughts.
i. †GOSPEL - 'Gaze on the cross'- What does this text reveal about salvation through Jesus?
ii. UP – What does this text say about God – His worth, character, attributes, will, promises…?
iii. IN – What does this say about me, the church and how we are to relate? Is there a promise to believe, command to do, attitude to have, something to avoid, is there forgiveness to seek or give?
iv. OUT – What does this say about my community and mission?
v. DO - This has two components. Firstly, list as many possible ways that you can think of that one might apply the text (actions or attitudes). Secondly, hear - Pray about how the Holy Spirit is leading you, specifically, to respond.
Though we never ‘acknowledged’ Him, He knew us and saved us. Though we continually fail to know and trust Him, He is faithful to us. He has given us a new heart to receive Him as the only LORD.
“You are the LORD and there is no other. No-one can say this except by the Spirit. I thank you for changing my allegiance. Thank you for your great mercy toward me and all your people.”
Some thoughts about God from this text: He is the LORD. The Shorter Catechism declares from this text,
‘There is but one only one, the living and true God’.
He is the LORD - the “I Am”. He is the only and eternal God. There is no other God. He says,
“Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” (Exodus 34:14)
He want me and His church to worship Him as the only God. He wants us to be jealous for His name. He continues to give strength to us so as to move our hearts to acknowledge Him more fully.
“Holy Spirit, please move my heart to be exclusively yours.”
He will save those who currently do not acknowledge Him. He continues to transform hearts. His plan for all nations is that
‘From the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides me’.
“Father, please would you give us the privilege of experiencing your work in all nations.”