Our Devotion for Monday, March 13, 2023 is taken from: Amazing Grace Devotions for Lent by Michael Hoy.
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:11 NRSV
YOU HAVE MY WORD
When some you trust says, “You have my word,” you can count on this promise. God’s message to the exiles in Babylon was that kind of promise. It stands in sharp contrast to other prophetic messages that called the people of Israel to account for their transgressions, leading to the exile as God’s judgment. But now God is about to do a new thing. God’s Word will bring them home. After being in exile for so long, the prophet’s audience had become deaf to this message of hope. They doubted that God was interested in them anymore. They questioned whether God could even deliver them. But God fulfilled this promise. Like the rain and snow that come down from heaven, watering and fertilizing the earth so it may grow and feed the people, so God’s word of promise will grow and nurture the despairing exiles, setting them free. You have his word.
Numbers 23:19 states: “19 God is not a human being, that he should lie, or a mortal, that he should change his mind. Has he promised, and will he not do it? Has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it.” Indeed, when God makes a promise to us God will see that it comes to fruition. It may not come when we want it the most, but God always brings it to us when we need it the most. God honor’s the commitments and promises made to us, the question is: Do we honor the promises we make to God?
Have we been faithful to change the language, behaviors, attitudes, and viewpoints we promised God we would change? Have we followed through on the promises we have made to God: to spend more time with God, to volunteer more often, and to put aside our personal preferences to genuinely welcome others? Does our word hold value and can God depend on us when we give it? As we continue on our Lenten journey, let us resolve to develop and depend the spiritual integrity needed for God to count on us.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending us your Word, Jesus Christ, to grace us beyond despair and doubt. Amen.