Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done wonderful things,
things planned long ago.
(Isaiah 25:1 (NIV))
Do you believe in God?
If you take into account that the demons believe in God, what sets your belief apart from the demons?
I realize that these questions require a very deep and honest answer. Are you prepared to give an answer? Are you afraid of what your answer may be?
When Isaiah recorded these words, he stated clearly that he would exalt and praise God’s name. He then added a clause to that statement. He added a reason why he exalted God and praised His name. The translator chose to use the word “for” to begin that explanation, but the translator could have easily replaced that word with the word “because.”
Think about that in context to the questions previously asked.
You believe in God and will exalt Him and praise Him because . . .
Isaiah recorded why he exalted God and praised His name. Isaiah knew of and recorded for future generations that God is perfect in faithfulness. Whatever He promises, He does. Isaiah mentioned that God has done wonderful things. He has done so many wonderful things that no one can count them all. Only God knows all of His faithfulness. Isaiah acknowledged that God has had a plan for all of these things since the fall from grace in the Garden of Eden. Isaiah praised God for His wonderful plan and the wonderful unfolding of that plan. In essence, Isaiah exalted God and praised God for the gift of salvation that he knew was coming. Isaiah exalted and praised God even though he would not see that gift during his lifetime! He knew that God had promised it and that was good enough for Isaiah.
Is that good enough for you?
We live our lives over two thousand years since that promise physically came into the world to redeem the world through His blood. We can look back through history and see His faithfulness. We can look at the life of Jesus and see His faithfulness. We can look at the crucifixion, burial and resurrection and see His faithfulness. We can look at our own lives and see His faithfulness.
Again, I want to ask what sets your belief apart from the demons?
Do you exalt God and praise His name for the gift of salvation through the atoning blood of Jesus on the cross, or do you rebel against God’s love?
Do you exalt God and praise His name?