The One Year Devo

September 27, 2020

Isaiah 51:1-53:12; Ephesians 5:1-33; Psalm 69:19-36; Proverbs 24:7

As we consider the character of God, one of his attributes is that of being omnipotent (all-powerful). This power is described throughout the prophets and today in Isaiah 48-50. God is the one who created the world, who provided miraculously for the Israelites during the Exodus, who made Israel into a nation,  who is able to bring about his purposes on Earth and will ultimately bring about a new earth that will be the garden paradise that God had originally designed.

God is all powerful, but he is paradoxically also a humble servant. This is most clearly seen in the life of Jesus who is described in Isaiah 49:6-7 and 50:4-7. Jesus, the omnipotent second person of the Trinity, came to serve, to suffer and to die. As Philippians 2 describes it, "he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant." We come to God who has all power and yet humbly seeks the good of his beloved people.

Question of the day: How does knowing God is both all-powerful and a servant affect the way you draw near to him?

God my Father, thank you that you have all power in your hands. Thank you that use this power for your glory and for the good of your people. Help me to draw near to you when I need your power, comfort, love, and encouragement; knowing that you will draw near to me. Amen.

Derek Newbery