Passage: Isaiah 44:1-5, 21-28
Verse: Isaiah 44:22-23 (NIV)
“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord has done this; shout aloud, you earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees for the Lord has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel.
Remember back to your youth. Do you remember being picked by a team captain to be on the team captain’s side in a game or sporting activity? It is nice to be chosen. However, we should remember that we have been chosen by one much greater than a game or sports team captain; we have been chosen by God. As Christians, we have become a part of His team. As with any team, there are rules and there are expectations of team members. If the team works according to the game plan and if the members of the team follow the direction given to them by their coach, then team members can expect to be rewarded in some way. May we choose to follow the plan that Father God has set before us. May we be guided by the Holy Spirit. May we acknowledge Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf; a sacrifice that opened the door to our redemption. May the things we do bring pleasure and glory to God. May we each receive a special touch from the Lord today. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)