by Dan Weyerhaeuser, Senior Pastor
Good morning, beloved by God.
What you are about to open, as you open the Bible, is your life.
Take a moment to “hand over” to the Lord all of the things that are crying for your attention. He can take care of them better than you during this time.
Ask God to open the “eyes” of your heart to see Him in these words.
Read Isaiah 1:2-4. What is the state of the hearts of God’s people as this book opens up?
Can you see this same problem in people today?
Read Isaiah 1:16-17 After letting the Israelites know that their empty religious practices offend God when they do not worship Him or obey Him, he challenges them to repent of their evil deeds. Question: Are there evil thoughts and deeds you need to confess and abandon? Take a few minutes, asking God to “search out your heart” and bring to mind things that dishonor Him.
Read Isaiah 1:18 three times. What promise does God give to His people?
Eventually we will learn that a “suffering servant” will have to die to make this possible. But by his death, he will “justify many.” (Isaiah 53). God wants us to have confidence that when we repent and ask for His forgiveness, we have it. It is not the strength of our faith that matters, but the object of our faith… the sacrifice of Christ.
If you are a Christian, today God sees you “just as if you had always obeyed” because of Christ. What do you have to say to Him about this?
As you conclude: What is one truth about God from these texts you can take through your day? How can you remember it?
Can you think of two people you will see today who don’t yet know the love of Christ? Take a moment and pray for both of them, that God’s Spirit would give them new birth. Then watch for how He brings you two together!
Go spend your day with the God Who redeems!