Daily Devotion, 4-30-2020

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Introducing God
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 40:9-11

Today’s reading is from one of my favorite chapters in the Bible, the book of Isaiah, chapter 40. Why? Because it is the first chapter, in what many scholars believe to be the second book of Isaiah. That’s right…many scholars believe that Isaiah should be divided over two books: 1 Isaiah would include chapters 1-39 and 2 Isaiah would include chapters 40-66. The first part focuses on the judgment that is to come to God’s people, while the second book focuses on the restoration of comfort brought to God’s people. The reason this is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible is because of its positive tone and its words of great comfort and hope… the restoration of God’s people.

Today's reading is quite simply a short message on how and what to say as we introduce God to others. Isaiah challenges the people to be good news bearers and to begin by introducing God from the mountaintops and describing who God is. He then gives helpful suggestions on what to say as the introduce God. First of all, the Lord comes with power which gives us the assurance that God is in control, so we don’t need to be to be control freaks. God keeps his promises of reward and recompense. Secondly, and in the meantime, until the final reward of everlasting hope, God tends, gathers, carries and leads us. And God also holds a special place in his heart for those who have young (children).

If you have been following this week’s devotions, you have probably noticed the theme of God as the Good Shepherd. God alone can masterfully balance power and might with tender loving care. God alone can tend to the lost and stray (as mentioned in yesterday’s devotion) and those who care for children (from today’s reading) while keeping those who abuse power in check. Our job is to simply introduce God and allow God to take care of the rest. We tend to try to put people in their place, but short passage reminds us to keep bringing the good news of restoration and hope and God will take care of the rest!

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