Thursday, September 22

“You are my witnesses”

Scripture: Isaiah 43-44, Matthew 4

Isaiah 43:9–12 

9 All the nations are gathered together, 

and the peoples are assembled. 

Who among them can declare this, 

and tell us the former things? 

Let them present their witnesses 

to vindicate themselves, 

so that people may hear and say, “It is true.” 

10 “You are my witnesses”

this is the Lord’s declaration—

“and my servant whom I have chosen, 

so that you may know and believe me 

and understand that I am he. 

No god was formed before me, 

and there will be none after me. 

11 I—I am the Lord. 

Besides me, there is no Savior. 

12 I alone declared, saved, and proclaimed—

and not some foreign god among you. 

So you are my witnesses”

this is the Lord’s declaration—

“and I am God.

Observation

The Lord says that the people of Israel are His witnesses. They have seen what the Lord has done. The other nations haven’t seen and so can’t be witnesses. So the Lord is emphasizing Israel’s privileged role and responsibility. He alone is God and they alone are His witnesses. 

Application

As someone who knows the Lord and has experienced His love, grace and power, I too am a witness. How will others know about the Lord if I (or others like me) don’t tell them? This is our privilege and responsibility. We have been privileged to experience and know Him; now we are privileged to share that knowledge with others. 

I’m reading a novel right now with an unfolding mystery. As more witnesses come forward and tell what they have seen and heard, it’s becoming clear what happened and the mystery is solved. But if the witnesses had kept silent, no one would know the truth.

That’s our situation. The world needs to know there is a God who loves them and wants them. How will they know if we don’t tell them? 

“You are my witnesses.” 

Prayer: Lord, give me opportunities today to be Your witness, and help me take every opportunity to tell people what I know about You.