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 The Devil Goes to Church (Combating the Everyday Attacks of Satan).
Praise God verbally, saying, “Jesus is Lord” (Rom. 10:9). Thank Christ for fulfilling God’s law for you and granting you his righteousness (10:4). Confess any attempts you are still making to earn righteousness and favor with God. Commit to a lifestyle of confessing the lordship of Jesus. Ask God to remove any lingering distrust (10:11).
Pray for God’s kingdom to come and his will to be done on your part of the earth as it is in heaven. Ask that the lordship of Christ, which we confess verbally, will be applied in just and righteous actions.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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