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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God
Through the great prophet Isaiah, God made perhaps the most definitive statement in the entirety of Scripture. The line that stands out is, “Apart from me there is no God!” This the Lord speaks after He told the people of Israel that He had bestowed a title of HONOR upon them even though they refused to acknowledge Him. Later, in the same text, God says, “I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster” (v. 7). The Lord says, “you have not acknowledged me!” (v. 5b). Even in all of the rejection Israel had repaid God’s good with, God said He would never abandon them. My question is, with all of God’s goodness to you and me, has our response been somewhat like Israel’s? “Are We Guilty Too?”
I feel in my heart this AM that it’s time for all of us who call ourselves “Followers of Jesus” to return to the altars we have made to worship our God and plead for His forgiveness. This is not a heaven or hell issue I’m speaking about. This has to do with apathy and the same old, same old. This has to do with, “I’m just going through the motions.” This has to do with, “Church is the building I do religion in, church is not me.” I’m not saying you’re guilty, but sometimes I think I am. The question is: after all Jesus has done for us what can we do? When I was a little kid, our small church would sing a chorus that ended with this line, “How can I do less than give Him my best and live for Him completely, after all He’s done for me?” That question still rings in my soul this AM. Jesus deserves my all, and I believe you feel the same way. If not, the question will remain, “Are We Guilty Too?”
I want to run back to my original altar of worship and beg You this AM to forgive me. Help me remember this isn’t a game; this is MY life of faith. And without You, I am a hopeless beggar. Amen