By Paul Steury, assistant professor at Goshen College
Reprinted from Lenten Devotions
Quite often we are told to be humble. My mom always said “pride cometh before fall.” But we must take pride in who we are – body and soul!
In today’s text it says, “the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise.” Wow! All of us – all 7 billion people were made for God and it says we need to acknowledge that. This is the same Creator that made the owls and jackals, the deserts and the rivers, the cardinals and the black squirrels. It is the Creator that made our muscles and our reflexes so we can be mobile and blink. It is God that made chlorophyll so plants can create sugar and so we can breathe. They are, what I say, amazing daily miracles.
But often we just take those simple day-to-day things that surround us for granted. We get into our routines and grinds and we sure know how to complain some days!
We need to daily exclaim, “Wow! God you are amazing to create all these things that I need – thank you soooooo much!!”
Be proud that you are an amazing miracle – all of us – every single thing! Because God reminds us in verse 21 that we are “the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise.”
Be proud. You are a miracle!
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 43:16-21 (NRSV)