September 22 Devotional

Remember the former things of old: For I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me.  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure’” (Isaiah 46:9-10).

 

When there was just darkness and no earth at all … God was there and in control.  When Adam had the breath of life breathed into his body formed from the dust … God was there and in control.  When Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil … God was there and in control.  When earth was covered with the waters of the great flood and only Noah and his family were spared … God was there and in control.  When Jesus hung between Heaven and earth on the cross paying your sin debt … God was there and in control.  When Jesus burst from the shackles of sin and death in the victorious resurrection … God was there and in control.  The day you repented of your sin and trusted Jesus Christ to forgive you, and you were saved … God was there and in complete control.

 

Isaiah stated very clearly that from eternity past through eternity future, God will be in charge of what’s happening.  It is good for us to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life to remember what God has done in the past.  God has proven Himself to be God in the past, and it is certain that He will prove Himself to be God in the future.  I think one of the lessons Isaiah was trying to impress on our hearts is that there should never come a time when we trust anyone or anything more than we trust God.  This is the place that most religion gets off course.  The religious leaders begin to place more emphasis on their rule/standards than they do on a proper relationship with God Himself.

 

I don’t write this devotional to criticize others, I write it to draw our attention to where we are in our relationship with God.  How is your time with God?  Does He seem like a distance figure that you call on when you are in trouble?  Is He the first One you run to when you have a burden?  Is He the One you live your life for every day, or has someone else taken that place?  Make no mistake about it; God is still in control, and He alone deserves all our praise and attention.  Don’t leave Him out of your day today; rather center your day on Him and what He wants for you.

 

My life, my love I give to Thee, Thou Lamb of God Who died for me; O may I ever faithful be, my Savior and My God.” – Ralph E. Hudson