GA2011 Devotional – Wednesday

Posted: July 13, 2011 by Disciples Young Adult Commission in Devotionals, General Assembly

Isaiah 43:1-7, 10

“1 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. 3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you. 4 Because you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you, I give people in return for you, nations in exchange for your life. 5 Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you; 6 I will say to the north, “Give them up,” and to the south, “Do not withhold; bring my sons from far away and my daughters from the end of the earth – 7 everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” 

 “10 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 God. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me.”

If someone would ask you, “What is your testimony to God-what is your witness?” How would you answer?

Do you know the exact moment when you knew you were a loved and beloved child of God? Can you share your witness of the power of God through Jesus Christ because you have experienced God’s miraculous hand in your life?  Did you grow up in the church and always know of the love of God and experienced the presence and power of Jesus Christ in a completely different way than others you know? Are you still struggling to find the answers? It is amazing how God works through so many different kinds of people. Not one person’s story is more important than another; we are all called-witnesses, servants whom God has chosen.

Regardless of how you came to your faith, you have a story to tell about the things God has done or is doing in your life! The prophet Isaiah reminds us, as he reminded the people of Israel; we have been called witnesses for God. God has chosen us! What a responsibility! How do you share your witness? How do you live the testimony of your faith? Whatever your story, wherever you are on your journey of faith remember you have been chosen- a witness on God’s behalf! Go tell God’s story!

God you have called us out of our comfort zone to be witnesses for you. Guide us as we share your story and our faith with others. Amen.

Submitted by: Andrea Brownlee

Click Here to download the entire GA2011 Devotionals Booklet in PDF form.

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