Monday, June 13, 2016

Mon., 6/13/16 Devotion (Isa. 45:15)

Today's encouragement comes from Isaiah 45:15, where we read these words:

"Truly You are God, who hide Yourself, O God of Israel, the Savior!"

Blaise Pascal, the great French Christian philosopher and mathematician, made famous the idea of "Deus Absconditis," "The God who hides Himself." Pascal's meaning was that God only reveals Himself redemptively to those whom He is going to save; and that He does not "sell" Himself cheaply to anyone who happens to come along.

While this is true, are we not still glad that God "showed" Himself historically and fully, in the Lord Jesus Christ? In the Redeemer, we see not only God’s complete glory and goodness—but we also behold ourselves as clean and new, as our sins are forgiven through Christ's blood atonement.

[Puritan quote of the day: "You can no more conceal your sin than you can defend it.” —Thomas Watson, in, "The Doctrine of Repentance"]