He said, “Surely they are my people, sons who will not be false to me;” and so he became their Savior. Isaiah 63:8
We receive an amazing insight into the Lord’s expectations toward His people in this passage. Because of His kindness to us, He quite naturally expects a response of a loving son to a loving Father. As Savior for His people, He has entered into a loving relationship that should be reciprocated.
Do you ever consider the feelings of God? Isn’t it easy to think of Him as so big, so different, so “God,” that we ignore the fact that the Bible shows Him to feel deeply, especially about relationships? In becoming our Savior, He has entered into a covenant relationship with us, by which we call Him “Father.” Our response is to be loyal and loving children who desire to bring pleasure to our Father.
Father, how we delight in calling You that! Through Jesus, You have brought us into Your family and blessed us in every way. Thank You for being our Savior! Help me to draw near to You this day. Through Your Spirit, help me to know the things that please You. I am in awe, as I read Your Word, of your feelings and expectations toward those You have called Your own. Help me to be sensitive to those expectations, and please give me the strength of Your Holy Spirit to live up to them.
–Adapted from HeartCry for Revival devotional 2011 by David Butts, author of Asleep in the Land of Nod. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
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As you praise God today, focus on his great mercy (Ps. 108:4). Thank him for taking delight in surrounding you with his mercy (Mic. 7:18). Confess that in the busyness of life you sometimes forget his mercy to you. Commit yourself to extending that same kind of loving mercy to others who are in need. Ask God to grant you his peace and fellowship as you live for him this day.
Pray that your church will also extend God’s mercy to the needy and impoverished members of your community. Ask that God will open eyes to see opportunities for service.
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