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The God Who Acts

I finished reading Isaiah yesterday. While spending some time reflecting on the major themes of the book, I found this question coming up over and over again: What is the major difference between the God of the Bible and other “gods”?

The God of the Bible — The Father, Son & Spirit — acts.

He calls (Isa. 41:4, 41:9, 42:6, 43:1, 43:7, 48:12, 49:1, 51:2).

He carries (Isa. 46:4).

He speaks (Isa. 7:7, 10:24, 22:15, 23:16, 29:22, 37:6, 38:1, 43:1, 43:12).

He purposes (Isa. 14:24, 19:12, 23:8, 44:28, 46:10, 48:14, 54:16, 55:11).

He judges (Isa 59:18, 65:6).

He saves (Isa. 25:9, 30:15, 33:22, 35:4, 45:22, 49:25, 63:1, 64:5)

He redeems (Isa. 29:22, 43:1, 44:22, 44:23, 48:20, 50:2, 52:9, 63:9)

There is no other god who emphatically states, over and over again, “I save. I judge. I purpose all things.”

Only the God of the Bible.

Only Jesus.

This is the message that Isaiah came to preach. This is the message that Jesus’ life, death, burial and resurrection, proclaim: There is a God who acts to save His creation and He will redeem us.

We cannot save ourselves and all other “saviors” are folly. There is no hope in a god that cannot act.

There’s no hope in TV. Sex. Sports. Bands. Education. Self-Esteem. False-Religion. Vague Spirituality.

There is only hope in Jesus.

So let us put our hope in Him.

From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear,
no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him (Isa. 64:4).

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