The Bible tells us that God was at work in Jesus, bringing about God’s will in the world.
But you may wonder just what that looks like. What was God up to in the life of Christ?
This time you have chosen to give yourself to quiet devotion may give you a clue. See if you can learn more about God now.next >
Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in; who brings princes to naught, and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing. Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows upon them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble. To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One.
Isaiah 40:21-25next >
When we read this passage in Isaiah, it almost feels like a pop quiz. Have you not known? Have you not heard? Known what?! Heard what?! Reading this passage makes me feel like I should know the answer, but do I? The Israelites should have known the answers. They’ve heard the story of God’s creation of the earth, how God brought them out of exile in Egypt, how God has always been with them. But sometimes we forget the things we’re supposed to remember.
What did Jesus come to do? Jesus came to help us understand God in a new way. Jesus came as a tutor to help us understand God better. Jesus lived a life of teaching –through words and through the way he lived his life. His life was a tutorial to help us remember that God loves us and we ought to love others. Jesus didn’t just tell us that; he showed us how to do it.
What part of God do you need help understanding?
Susan Reednext >
Holy God, sometimes I forget about you. I get so wrapped up in myself that I don’t think of you in my daily actions, words, or decisions. Forgive me, and help me remember you today. Amen.next >
Whatever you are facing,
No matter how hard the road,
Christ is still in Jesus,
Helping to carry your load.
Susan Reed is an associate pastor (minister with youth and college students) at Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Susan is an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan and aspires to be more “green.”
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