On the drive home from our organizational meeting a few weeks ago, I realized I had voluteered to do a devotion the same evening as our door to door witnessing day. That day during mission trips is always the most special to me, as it is to others. And so I began to pray, "Lord where are You leading me? What Scripture can I share with these ladies?" And He took me to Isaiah 43. As I read this chapter over and over, I thought, "Lord what could this Scripture mean to this group of ladies? How am I going to do a devotion from these verses?" But then the teacher part of my brain said, "well, break it down, take it verse by verse." And here's what the Holy Spirit revealed to me...
The first 21 verses in Isaiah 43 speak of God's redemption of Israel. These verses describe who God is and what He's done. Like verse 1..."Fear not, for I have redeemed you, O Israel; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. Or verse 3...For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior. And verse 7...Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.
And then the last 7 verses of Isaiah 43 describe God's plea for unfaithful Israel to return to Him. And what He is going to do...the Word says in verse 25, "I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins."
So Isaiah 43 tells us:
Who God is,
What He's done,
and What He's going to do.
And there right smack in the middle we read these verses, Isaiah 43:10-12:
You are My witnesses, says the Lord,
And My servant whom I have chosen,
That you may know and believe Me.
And understand that I am He.
Before Me there was no God formed,
Nor shall there be after Me.
I, even I, am the Lord,
And besides Me there is no savior.
I have declared and saved,
I have proclaimed,
And there was no foreign god among you;
Therefore you are My witnesses
Says the Lord, that I am God.
God Himself commands us to be His witnesses. A strong mandate from a Holy God. And I thought about what does the word "witness" mean? And what is a witness' job? If you think of a courtroom setting, when a witness comes and sits in the witness stand, he or she is commanded to testify to the truth. That's their only job, to tell the truth. So God is commanding us to tell the truth about Him.
Testifying to the truth about who He is, what He's done, what He's going to do.
And this morning, that's exactly what we did.
As we walked down the dusty road this morning, I looked down at my sandaled feet. I began to think about the sandaled feet of Jesus and the disciples. The dusty roads they had traveled together the three years of Jesus' ministry. How Jesus had testified to the multitudes on those roads...
who His Father is,
what His Father had done,
and what His Father was going to do.
and here we are, 2000 years later, on a warm morning in November, walking down the dusty road of a rural Central American country...
testifying to others, witnessing to others, telling the truth to others,
Who God is...
What He's done...
Sent His precious Son to die for us,
Raise His Son from the dead,
Making a way for His children to be brought back into fellowship with Him.
What He's going to do...
Supply our needs,
Never leave us or forsake us.
We must testify the truth about our God,
not just during a mission trip to a far off country,
but daily, as we walk down our own dusty roads.