Isaiah 45:23: “I have sworn by Myself; / The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, / And shall not return, / That to Me every knee shall bow, / Every tongue shall take an oath.”

June 7th, 2021 by Pastor Ed in devotional

When God says, “I have sworn by Myself,” He is assuring us that the word of God is completely dependable. In the New Testament, Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Luke 21:33). There is nothing more reliable than God’s promises. It is more certain that He will do what He has promised than that the sun will come up tomorrow morning.

Since God said one day, “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10–11), we can all be certain that sooner or later we will bow our knee to God the Son. The decision is ours whether we will bow now, confessing Jesus Christ as Lord, or bow later, when we are called before His judgment seat. Bowing today will bring forgiveness of sins, salvation, and eternal life. But waiting until that later date, when we bow because we are forced to do so, will not result in any eternal benefits. So wisdom cries out that every thinking person do it now.

It has been estimated that Socrates taught for 40 years, Plato for 50, and Aristotle for 40, making a total of 130 years. Jesus Christ taught for only 3 years, but the influence of His short ministry completely eclipses the combined impact of these men who are considered the world’s greatest philosophers of all time. Why? Simply because Jesus is Lord.

“We choose to obey and worship You now, LORD, because You are worthy and we desire for our lives to be significant.”