Saved By God
Thank God today for the person who first encouraged you to have a relationship with our Lord and Savior.
Read Isaiah 45:9-25
 “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’?  Woe to the one who says to a father, ‘What have you begotten?’ or to a mother, ‘What have you brought to birth?’  “This is what the LORD says- the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Concerning things to come, do you question me about my children, or give me orders about the work of my hands?  It is I who made the earth and created mankind on it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts.  I will raise up Cyrus in my righteousness: I will make all his ways straight. He will rebuild my city and set my exiles free, but not for a price or reward, says the LORD Almighty.”  This is what the LORD says: “The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush, and those tall Sabeans- they will come over to you and will be yours; they will trudge behind you, coming over to you in chains. They will bow down before you and plead with you, saying, ‘Surely God is with you, and there is no other; there is no other god.'”  Truly you are a God who has been hiding himself, the God and Savior of Israel.  All the makers of idols will be put to shame and disgraced; they will go off into disgrace together.  But Israel will be saved by the LORD with an everlasting salvation; you will never be put to shame or disgraced, to ages everlasting.  For this is what the LORD says- he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited- he says: “I am the LORD, and there is no other.  I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob’s descendants, ‘Seek me in vain.’ I, the LORD, speak the truth; I declare what is right.  “Gather together and come; assemble, you fugitives from the nations. Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood, who pray to gods that cannot save.  Declare what is to be, present it- let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me.  “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.  By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.  They will say of me, ‘In the LORD alone are deliverance and strength.'” All who have raged against him will come to him and be put to shame.  But all the descendants of Israel will find deliverance in the LORD and will make their boast in him. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectWhat major point(s) is God making here?
You won’t find much new in today’s verses–God’s people at that time needed to hear the same things over and over again, and so do we. But what were the key messages, do you think? Which words or phrases leap out at you? Which resemble words or phrases we’ve heard before? God’s people couldn’t accept the fact that the Lord had chosen pagan King Cyrus to play such an important role. It’s as if Isaiah were saying, “It’s foolish to pick a quarrel with God!” (9,10). Then God and Isaiah speak alternately. God might reply (14): “My people, I alone am God, and I will save you.” And Isaiah might say something like (15-17): “We couldn’t see or hear any sign of you at first, but now we’re walking tall!’ God might reply again (18-24): “Yes, I have spoken clearly! Now everyone in the world is invited to be saved.” Isaiah (25): “Just as the people of Israel have been.” “Saved … with an everlasting salvation” (17, TNIV). This is true for you and me, and for people all over the world who turn to him. Even if God seems hidden or distant, he’s at work in far bigger ways than we can imagine.
Thank God for the salvation he has made available to you and people all over the world through his Son, Jesus.
Gracious God, You are a God of such great love and unfailing mercy. What a great salvation You offer to all!
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