September 8 - Remaining Faithful

By Julie Kraus

Today's Scripture: Isaiah 1:7

Central Thought: Like Israel, we build idols out of our pride, but God's grace always remains after the storm.

    He looked at me with empty eyes. 'I never believed in God,” he announced with a defiant, angry tone. My heart sank in my chest as the magnitude of the situation struck me. How could a person I had known my whole life suddenly become a stranger? We had never been more distant than we were that day face to face in the living room. My mind raced with a thousand questions, but the only one that really mattered was, 'Why?” His answer was simple. 'God has always turned His back against me.”

    How can the atheist adamantly deny God's existence and then say that God is evil or unjust? God created people to have a spiritual need to connect to something greater. People may be able to deny God for a time, but inside they cry out for God's love and acceptance. Sometimes, like Israel, we rebel and try things for a while on our own. However, when we see how devastating our choices have been, we run back to God. Like Israel, we find that our choices or our idols blind us from what we have truly become without God.

    In Isaiah 1:7, God describes where Israel's sin led them. 'Your country lies desolate; your cities are burned with fire; in your very presence foreigners devour your land.” Sometimes pride leads us to believe life is doable our way. It never is. We must live humbly in the knowledge of all God is.

Devotional Prayer: Forgive us, Father, for our pride. Your strength and wisdom, even when unacknowledged by our mouths, holds our lives together in Your hands. Lord, help us to be faithful, and may those we love come back to You.

Today's Bible Reading: Isaiah 1:1-2:22; 2 Corinthians 10:1-18; Psalm 52:1-9; Proverbs 22:26-27