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October 26 – Knowing And Believing God

“‘You are My witnesses,’ declares the LORD, ‘and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He. Before Me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after Me. I, I am the LORD, and besides Me there is no Savior.  I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are My witnesses,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I am God.  Also henceforth I am He; there is none who can deliver from My hand; I work, and who can turn it back?’  Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” Is. 43:10-14

Devotional Thought For The Day

Children of God are His witnesses.  Human beings either understand and receive God as He actually is, as He has revealed Himself to us in His Word, Holy Scripture, the Bible – mysteries and all, OR they embrace lies about God – that there is no God, that there are other “gods,” that God is something other than our Savior and Redeemer, that God is not omnipotent, in control of all things, that God is not really holy and truthful, that He is not Triune, that we are not answerable to God or even beholden to Him.  Those who know Him as He is, who know and believe the great love that He has for us, cannot help but be His witnesses – how is it possible not to speak to others of the wonders of His love, His majesty, His gracious mercy, His salvation, and His awesome promises to us.  Likewise, those who truly know Him are disgusted by anything that perverts, corrupts, and destroys the true knowledge of God, anything that insults Him or diminishes His great glory.

It is not a matter of pride, of being “right,” for children of God.  Rather it is about God’s glory and honor, and especially about His love for humanity.  It is good for human beings, a great blessing, to properly know God, to live in His gracious mercy and forgiveness, to be moved by His love so that we love others even as He has loved us, and to be embraced by His glorious promises of the next aeon through faith in Him. Where the proper knowledge of God is absent all of this goes away – and humanity is left twisted, perverted, and corrupted, in sin, rebellion, spiritual death, and the compulsion to all manner of self-justification, self-righteousness, and religious hypocrisy. Obviously this cannot be God’s will for humanity – and so He has given us a way out of this, by revealing Himself to us through His Word, Holy Scripture, the Bible.  He has revealed His love for us so that we might turn back to Him and embrace Him as He is – God, the only True and Living God, our Savior and Redeemer!

Properly knowing God immediately involves us in conflict – for from the beginning the evil one has been hard at work perverting the knowledge of God in human hearts and minds.  His goals and designs are also directed toward us – to pull us away from God and recruit us to be his “witnesses,” his minions of evil and destruction.  Therefore, how blessed it is to truly know God, to be His witnesses, even though it involves us in great cosmic conflict and makes us targets of the wretched violence of the dark side.  For in the end God will prevail and all evil will be put away – there is none that can deliver from His hand!  Make sure that you devote time this weekend to make church, to grow in knowing and believing God, to be His children, His witnesses, and to rejoice that you are redeemed and saved and on your way to His glory!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, thank You for revealing Your glorious love to us, and all that we need to know in order to be Your dear people, Your witnesses, through Your precious Word, the Bible.  Enable us to truly know You, the only God, along with the Father and the Spirit, to believe in You, and to find our greatest joy in being Your witnesses.  Amen.