God Hears and Saves

January 9th, 2014

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Isaiah 59:1-11

In 587 BC when the Judeans who had been deported from their homeland in the Babylonian Captivity were given permission to return, they came back with high hopes. But their hopes did not materialize and disillusionment set in. The prophet is telling them that the problem is not with God’s ability to fulfill His promises but He is hindered by their sinfulness. This is the same truth James (4:3) declares, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

The situation referred to in Isaiah is a national situation. It suggests that God’s response to our private prayers may be conditioned by our integrity–or lack of it. Our assurance is that God is always attentive to our petitions. His strength is available to grant us what is within His will. But He is not a “cosmic bell hop” responding to our every whim. Let us be sure that we are attuned to His will and are willing to submit to it. Then we can rest in our Father’s comfort and care.

Author: H. Ray Dunning

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2 Responses to “God Hears and Saves”

  1. Les Farthing Says:

    January 9th, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Well done, everyone! This Reflecting God effort is such a good devotional series. I love the quality of the authorship where comment and understanding are delivered on a background of study and in-depth Biblical knowledge. Thank you for producing such a fresh, inviting, readable, solid devotion. Wakes my mornings up and gets my thoughts centered and my mental gears moving. Very much appreciated. Thank you for your efforts. A huge benefit to believers everywhere.

  2. Duane Brush Says:

    January 9th, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Les, Thank you for your kind comments

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