Our merciful Savior
But for those who are righteous, the way is not steep and rough. You are a God who does what is right, and you smooth out the path ahead of them. Lord, we show our trust in you by obeying your laws; our heart’s desire is to glorify your name. In the night I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek you. For only when you come to judge the earth will people learn what is right. Isaiah 26:7-9 NLT
The Christian life is not what we give to God but what God gives to us. And what He gives is peace, fullness, and our humanness at its authentic best forever. We owe God everything (see Ephesians 2:1–10). Also, it’s not because we happened to catch God in a good mood; He ordained that we get reconciled with Him. The whole and beautiful salvation is the settled will of God for weak and undeserving people, yet by His grace were saved. Everything good that we are and have is all God’s doing, not ours. Our place in the kingdom of God is His gift of grace. He even preserves us while our focus is on Him : “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26:3). As Isaiah declared from the text, it is God who stimulates in our hearts a longing for Him: “In the night I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek you” (v. 9). Our faith and longing prove that God is at work in our hearts. That yearning He is awakening in us is the most important thing that we have to grow and develop within. It’s the key to our present struggles as we are dealing with trials in life and the future glory He is preparing for us. So let us fan that flame and never let it die. Let us pray Isaiah’s prayer that through our obedience to God and His ways, we will glorify His Name and will help convince a lost world that God is not dead and that He keeps His promises.