The One And Only
I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no saviour. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed – I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God. (Isaiah 43:11-12)
Today's verse is pretty straightforward. God is the only one who can save. There is no other. The context of this is in response to Israel's unfaithfulness. Rather than wrath, God demonstrates that He is the saviour.
Have you ever been unfaithful to God before? I'm sure most of us have. I definitely have, going to other things for strength in times of need, instead of relying on Him. Or even in day-to-day matters, letting other things take priority over Him. But God is eternally faithful. In response to our lack of faith He still rescues us over and over again. After all, He sent His son down to pardon us from sin.
It's kinda amazing that despite all that, God is still willing to call the Israelites, to witness that He is the God who saves them, not some other god. Despite His jealousy and His power, God doesn't simply demand the attention of the Israelites. Instead, God reveals how He will and has saved them.
When reading the Bible, we may sometimes feel like God is throwing a tantrum of sorts or demanding of us obedience that is hard to fulfil. Yet we have to remember that firstly, He doesn't desire our obedience without reason. He saved us time and time again and even made the greatest sacrifice He could have; in response, all He asks for is our love and to put Him first. Some people may see that as God being unreasonable. But is it really?
Secondly, He doesn't just expect our obedience without reward. Most authority figures expect you to obey them without reward. Not obeying them on the other hand is meted with punishment. God however, rewards those who obey Him. And to note, God has more than enough power to simply command us to submit. Yet He allows us to choose. I think if we compare that to our relationships on earth, the one we have with God is actually very reasonable and very rewarding.
Today, let's remember that in response to our lack of faith, God has demonstrated His saving grace. And that in response to that, we are called to obey and reap the benefits of obedience.
Daniel is currently and forevermore will be a student and a learner, trying to delve into the deep conundrums of life and seeing where the path leads. He enjoys linking different things in life back to God through strange and seemingly random connections.