Scripture Reading: Isaiah 43:1-13
“‘You are My witnesses,’ declares the Lord, ‘and My servant whom I have chosen, 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.'” (Isaiah 43:10,11)
God wants us to bear witness of Him to others. Jesus made a similar statement prior to His ascension into heaven — “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
What does it mean to be a witness? It means to testify to others what you have seen, heard, and experienced. There has to be personal interaction and firsthand knowledge. This is why God said — “that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He.” We cannot bear witness without personal knowledge. Those who are true believers know God on an intimate level. We know who He is and what He is like. We have experienced a relationship with Him. None of these things is possible without reading and meditating upon the Scripture. God reveals Himself to us in the Bible, for it is the way He reveals Himself to us. Prayer is also necessary for us to know God. When we meditate upon the Word of God and pray, we get to know the heart of God. We will then experience His presence in our lives.
When we come to know God, we can believe Him. We believe Him because we know His character. We know that we can trust Him. When we understand who He is, we can put our total faith in Him — “I, I am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior.” There is no one else who can save us from our sins. Jesus alone can do this! “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Jesus is the only way to the Father — “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
We are God’s witnesses and His servants. He chose us to be both. We are called to serve Him following the example of our Lord Jesus who took on the form of a servant (Philippians 2:7). One practical way to serve Him is to be a witness for Him. Remember our calling — “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making HIs appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (II Corinthians 5:20)
Lord Jesus, I want to be Your faithful witness and servant. You have made it possible for me to know You and believe You. I desire to know You in a deeper way. Open my eyes to grasp the truths of the Bible, for I know that You have revealed Yourself in Your Word. Enable me to experience an intimate relationship with You as I pray and meditate upon You. I pray that I will be faithful to my calling to be Your witness and Your servant this day.
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