Day 286

Prayer for the day

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Scripture for the day

Isaiah 41-42, 1 Thessalonians 1

It’s incredible and depressing the amount of power that we attribute to things without true power. We end up worshipping things that we think are strong and powerful, things that we think will attribute or confer their power to us. And every time, we are disappointed.

We are disappointed because everything that claims to possess or confer power in this world but does not draw its power from the source of true power, God, will leave us with a slight facsimile of true power.

Isaiah speaks of true power when he recounts God’s words about the impotence of idols. God declares Himself the powerful one, the one who is able to effect real change, true transformation. All the idols, claims Isaiah, are impotent, powerless shades, mere shadows of divinity.

It is only by recognizing idols for what they are that the Israelites are able to unmask their powerless forms and ascribe true power to the one to whom it belongs.

Paul speaks to the Thessalonians about their wisdom in turning from idols to the true God in order to partake in the saving power of the God who can truly save. This God has power not only to save, but to raise from the dead, to create in us new life, and to bring us to Himself whole and newly made.

May you turn from whatever idols you’ve worshipped and know the true power of the living God.


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