Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Only Saviour: He's Better Than Idols Isaiah 43:8-13

The people of Israel were a mess. They had forgotten their true love and raced toward things made by man and bowed down to them. Yet God is patient, kind, and merciful. He wants them to come back to Him because He has called them by name. They belong to Him. He reminds them of what He has done for them and who He is. There is no one like Him.

He challenges the idolaters to appear in defense of their idols. They all needed to gather and proclaim what things they have done. The miracles they have performed and the hearts they have changed. If these idols are their “savior”, then let them speak and proclaim their glory.

But they can’t.

These are dead gods. The people loved them. These gods were their delight, joy, and praise because they consumed their thoughts and actions. They became like them.
These gods can’t save out of temporal trouble or save them from everlasting salvation.
Only one can do this. Only one can save. Only one can draw us to Himself.

That is the Lord. And He makes His case in such a way that you can’t help but stand in awe and worship.

“I, I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior.” Isaiah 43:11

The only one that can save us is Christ. He is living. And we as His witnesses know of the power of His grace, the sweetness of His words that comfort us, the discipline of His sword that makes us more like Him, the kind care of His providence, the truth of His promises, and the love of His Son that He would send Him to earth to save us from the vice grip of sin.

However, we can point our fingers at the people of Israel and wonder how they could love something made of wood or gold. We need to examine our own hearts and see the idols pressed upon our hearts: worry, fear, jealousy, anger, discontent, pride, bitterness. We can so easily become like them and slowly turn away from our first love.

May we ask the Lord to search our hearts and remove the idols that have captured our hearts. May we love Him more today than yesterday so we can give an account of what He has done in our lives, so we can lead others to know and believe His power, truth, and love.

Behold our great God. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gqrli3Lkf58

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