I Choose You
There is only one God, the creator of all things visible and invisible. But there many gods, many idols. Just as in Isaiah’s time, many in our world seem to be placing their confidence in the false gods that they can see and influence, false gods of power, wealth, fame. They fail to see how those gods lead them further into captivity rather than the freedom they desire. The prophet Isaiah reminds the people that the false idols cannot save them. Imagery is used that describes the tender care God has for God’s people from womb to tomb. While the gods of the nations need their worshippers to carry them, God has carried the people from their very beginnings and will continue to carry them until the end of their days. What a picture of hope this must have provided to those exiled from their homeland during the Babylonian captivity: the promise of deliverance and restoration, the assurance of God’s constant care and protection, even in the darkest of days.
The song “I Choose You” by Point of Grace contains these lyrics: “Everybody’s worshipping something/’Cause that’s what we were made to do/And I choose You.” Do you choose to worship the gods of the world or the God who created the world?
God of the Universe, we are made for worship. Others may place their trust in what the world provides, but I choose to rely upon and to worship you. Yes, Lord, I choose you.
Anne Knighten is a senior MDiv student at Luther Seminary. She and her husband live in Southern California.
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