Today’s Reading: Isaiah 12:1-14:32 (additional reading Psalm 57:1-11 and Proverbs 23:9-11)
If we truly examine ourselves and compare our lives to what God requires of us we can easily see that we do not measure up to God’s holy standards. So the question we have to answer is, “What do we do?” Well, the prophet Isaiah gives us the answer. Isaiah invites us to leave behind sin, death, and destruction. He invites us to run to God because God is our salvation.
This beautiful section of Scripture from the book of Isaiah actually comes from a much larger psalm of praise that we find in the 15th chapter of Exodus. After God led the Israelites through the Red Sea and defeated Pharaoh’s army, Moses and the Israelites sang a song of praise to God for what he had done. Isaiah took that song and condensed it down to its essence.
We were all held captive by sin and death. From the very moment of conception, we are natural enemies of God and hostile to his will for our lives. God says to worship him and serve him only, yet how many of us have made idols out of our jobs or sporting events? God tells us to read and study his word, yet we find it hard to make time for personal devotions or Bible study. We may have plenty of time to gather at the local pub or club, but we simply don’t have the time for God and his word.
What about the way we treat our loved ones and our neighbour? We lash out at our spouse and children with harsh words and criticism. We gossip and slander, curse and lie, steal and commit false testimony without any thought that these things are sins that God has condemned.
God punishes sin. There is no question about it. But the very one who punishes sin is also the one we need to run to for our salvation because God is our salvation. Isaiah writes, “In that day you will say: “I will praise you, O LORD. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation” (Isaiah 12:1-2).
Isaiah, looking to the future, sees the day that God will lead his people out of the bondage of sin and death. He tells us that God will turn away his anger from us. That day, of course, was Good Friday. The day where God turned his anger over sin away from us and place it all onto his one and only son. God became our salvation by living that perfect life you and I can never live and by dying an innocent death for our sins. Knowing what God has done for us comforts us. We can trust and not be afraid.
Have you experienced God’s salvation?
Father, Thank You that You are our salvation. Thank You that You called us from our life of sin and into a relationship with You. Help us to trust in You and live the life You are calling us to. In Jesus’ name, Amen