Today you should read: Isaiah 64
There are a lot of good things to discuss in this chapter, and not enough space in this devotional to write about all of it. I’d love to write about the God “who acts on behalf of the one who waits for Him” (vs. 4). It would be good to discuss how even our most “righteous deeds are like a filthy garment” (vs. 6) before a Holy God, and how we could never do enough good to earn God’s favor. I’d like to dwell on the fact that “We are the clay, and You our potter” (vs. 8).
What struck me today, though, is the powerful prayer in verses 1-2:
1 Oh that You would rend the heavens and come down, That the mountains might quake at Your presence—2 As fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil—To make Your name known to Your adversaries, That the nations may tremble at Your presence. (Isaiah 64:1-2)
As soon as I read this today, two things happened. First, I was reminded that only God can truly make His name powerfully known to people. Secondly, I wanted to pray this for the town of Richmond. So, I’m going to write out my prayer, and maybe you’d like to do the same for Richmond, Lexington, or wherever you are.
Father, I’m reminded of the fact that You are all-powerful. You can do more in a wink than I could ever do in a lifetime of work, service, strategizing, and stressing out about the work, the service, and the strategizing. I confess how easy it is for me to forget that You love the people of Richmond more than I do. I forget that You are ultimately the One who causes growth and life change to happen. Help me to remember who You are as I/we serve and strive to reach people in Your name.
So, as I think about Richmond, I know there are people who are opposed to You. Some of them don’t even know they are your adversary. God, oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at Your presence to make Your name known to people in our city and county. You can do it. I believe You desire to do it. Please allow us the privilege of partaking in your extension of mercy and grace by speaking through us. I humbly ask even to see the visible fruit of your work through us in Richmond. May we see your glory in this way.
Posted by: Rich Duffield