Our scripture this morning is Isaiah 12:2‭-‬6.

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. In that day you will say: “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”

The prophet Isaiah had much to say to the people of Israel, warning them of the consequences of sin and falling away, but also the joy of a connection to God. He reminds them that God is there for us and in Him we can “trust and not be afraid” (v. 2). This relationship with Him is the only way we can be saved.

God’s intent is that we all be connected to Him as His children, caring for each other as He cares for us. God created us as a family and wants us to live together in peace, sharing His love and the gifts He has provided us. We acknowledge Him as our Lord and Father when we give Him praise and worship.

What gifts has God given you to be used to care for His creation? We are all called to be responsible members of His family, sharing the Good News with everyone. God has blessed each one of us with abilities and resources to be used wisely.

Gracious God, we give You praise for all Your wonderful works. Thank You for calling us to be part of Your plan for salvation. Amen.

Published by Pastor Doug

Retired pastor, Retired USAF, husband, father, grandfather

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