God’s grace on display
“Pay attention, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel. I, the Lord, made you, and I will not forget you. I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.” Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done this wondrous thing. Shout for joy, O depths of the earth! Break into song, O mountains and forests and every tree! For the Lord has redeemed Jacob and is glorified in Israel. This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer and Creator: “I am the Lord, who made all things. I alone stretched out the heavens. Who was with me when I made the earth? Isaiah 44:21-24
It is easy to forget our identity and our position before God. There is a tendency to turn away from God and turn to idolatry. This is why Isaiah reminds his readers to not fall into erroneous thinking by forgetting who they are as followers of God. Think about the fact that because of our relationship with Him, we are now His servants. From the text, Isaiah admonishes His readers to keep their promise to God that their lives will be dedicated to His service. This dedication includes the realization that we have this great privilege of serving the King. He is our redeemer and He alone determines the purpose and direction of our lives. Isaiah calls for the audience to repent and turn to God, for He had “paid the price to set you free.” God extends His gracious love toward the people He loves. In light of who God is, what He has done, and what He promises to do, we should respond shouting for joy and praising God. Our lives should be an expression of His goodness and grace. We serve God because He has acted on our behalf by taking our sins on the cross and thus redeeming us. Our God is not an idol. He can do what He promised He will do. He is a living divine power who acts, creates, controls all of nature. He determines the history of humanity from the beginning of history until the final parts of His future plans are accomplished. God, through Jesus Christ, provided us an example of a life of service. “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). So when we display God’s grace through our life of service, this becomes an expression of our worship. We must understand that the life that is truly life, in every respect, comes from having a relationship with God. God is our salvation, and He is able to make Himself real to us, more real than the creation. Bow before Him, and enter into true worship by displaying His grace working in us and through us.