Great Plains Daily Devotional for 4/5/19

Today please be in prayer for

Chaplain, St. Elizabeth Med Center, Horisun Hospice
Bryan Medical Center
Blue River District
Chaplain
Madonna Rehab Hospital
Blue River District
Wichita Aldersgate UMC
Wichita West District
Wichita Aldersgate UMC
Wichita West District

Today's Lectionary Text

Isaiah 43:8-15 

Bring forth the people who are blind, yet have eyes,
    who are deaf, yet have ears!
Let all the nations gather together,
    and let the peoples assemble.
Who among them declared this,
    and foretold to us the former things?
Let them bring their witnesses to justify them,
    and let them hear and say, “It is true.”
You are my witnesses, says the Lord,
    and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
    and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
    nor shall there be any after me.
I, I am the Lord,
    and besides me there is no savior.
I declared and saved and proclaimed,
    when there was no strange god among you;
    and you are my witnesses, says the Lord.
I am God, and also henceforth I am He;
    there is no one who can deliver from my hand;
    I work and who can hinder it?

Thus says the Lord,
    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
For your sake I will send to Babylon
    and break down all the bars,
    and the shouting of the Chaldeans will be turned to lamentation.
I am the Lord, your Holy One,
    the Creator of Israel, your King.

Today's Devotional

“You are my witnesses, says the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen … ” These powerful words caught my attention as I pondered them over the past week. We are God’s witnesses. Such a short phrase, but when you pause to think about it, it will stop you dead in your tracks. “I’m God’s witness?!” My mind goes to total shock, the weight of the task sinks in. What have I done, or better yet, haven’t done, to be a good witness for God? This is the same God who brought down Babylon for his people, and I’m to be a witness to these great works? Yes, that is what I’ve been called to do as a believer. Each of us is a primary witness to the greatness of God. All of us who proclaim Christ and promise to follow him and his ways, must take this charge seriously and humbly.

The other day I followed a truck in a town I was traveling through, and noticed his license plates indicated he followed God, and a cross hung from his rearview mirror, further showing me that there was at least a passing connection to Christianity. However, the actions of this driver did not show a good witness to God. Maybe they were having a bad day that day, but it goes to show just how important our lives as witnesses are. A small thing can show a poor witness, and give fodder to someone who wants to find fault in God or God’s church.

If we took the time to think about being God’s witness each and every morning, I believe we would see a shift in the way we live out our callings as Christians. If each day was rooted in the understanding that everything we do, and everything we are, is a witness to God, we might take more time to be intentional in how we live our lives. In turn, we would see a transformed world through God’s redeeming love and grace, flowing from our witness.

 

-Rev. Zach Anderson
Goodland United Methodist Church
Goodland, Kansas

Prayer for Reflection

Gracious and Loving God, give me the patience to think about how I am going to be your witness this day. Guide me to reflect for others the transforming love and grace you have given me each and every day of my life. Amen.

 

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