11 Thus says the Lord,
The Holy One of Israel, and his Maker:
“Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons;
And concerning the work of My hands, you command Me.
12 I have made the earth,
And created man on it.
I—My hands—stretched out the heavens,
And all their host I have commanded.
17 But Israel shall be saved by the Lord
With an everlasting salvation;
You shall not be ashamed or disgraced
Forever and ever.
I would like to focus on verse 17 for this devotional. Since God is the only One who can predict the future and cause future events to happen, and since God is the Creator of all we can see and know, we can trust that He is also the God who can save us. God’s salvation is an everlasting salvation. From the rest of the Scriptures we understand that God is longsuffering with us all the way to our salvation. God desires to save us from our sin and God desires to use us, our bodies, as His Temple here on earth. (We studied this last Sunday from 2 Corinthians 6) God is love; God in His love sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to this earth with the end goal of His death on the cross for our redemption and justification.
Then verse 17 tells us that all who are saved by the Lord will neither be ashamed nor disgraced. Sin always brings shame and if we continue in that sin it will also bring us to disgrace. Sin is shameful for it is the outgrowth of our rebellion to God and our consuming selfishness. When we live primarily for ourselves we will do shameful things and those shameful things can and will disgrace us. Sin is a horrible master and Satan only desires our destruction.
But God, who is rich in mercy with His great love with which He loves us, wants to keep us from shame and its corresponding disgrace. Oh my friends, why do we not follow our Lord more closely? Why do we not commit more of our lives to Him? It just makes sense to follow the Lord both for now and forever. Following our God as closely as humanly possible will keep us from major regrets and fill us with confidence and peace that we are doing the right things and living the right life.
I went to see Nancy yesterday and she said they were going to put a stint in her liver today. The goal of the stint is to take blood flow through part of her liver then to bypass the part that is no longer allowing blood to flow through it. There is a danger for her in this in that anesthetic needs a good liver to be filtered out when the surgery is over. I just got a message that Nancy’s surgery is scheduled for 8:30 this morning. Let’s band together at 8:30 and pray for our sister until the surgery is completed and she is back in her room.
We do have our regular program tonight but again, we have switched the prayer time to the end to accommodate those who work later.
VBS is coming quickly. We have a need for key workers with the 1st-3rd grade children. We need team leaders who take 6-10 children from room to room each night. These leaders are the first ones to tell the children about the Savior.
Have a great day in the Lord,