Preached during the morning service on 27 July 2020 by .
- Sermon series: Thoughts during Covid 19
- Bible passage: Isaiah 49
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E V A N G E L I C A L WELLINGTON CHAPEL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Deuteronomy 33:3 —
‘Yes, He loves the people; all His saints are in Your hand.’
Recommended reading: Isaiah 49:7-18
I hope you find pleasure in both giving and receiving. God does!
In this verse we discover five gifts which God gives to His people, and He is
delighted to do so.
1. He gives love to His people.
‘Yes, He loves the people.’ Forty years earlier, through the leadership of Moses,
Almighty God had brought the children of Israel out of Egypt following 400 years
of slavery and persecution.
Now, at the border of the Promised Land, Moses addresses this huge company of
people for the last time before he finally leaves them. Soon he will go to Mount
Nebo and rest from his labours. His days of leadership will be over.
However, before he goes, he takes this opportunity of reminding the people
of all that God has done for them, and the love that He has shown them on
Jeremiah 31:3 says, ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love.’
Despite their rebellion, despite the constant breaking of His commandments,
despite the worship of other gods, despite their unbelief on numerous occasions,
God’s love for them has always been evident. They are His people, and His love
for them exceeds even a mother’s love for her child.
Isaiah 49:15 says, ‘Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion
on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.’
We can easily forget that, as Christians, God’s love for us reaches even greater
heights. Yes, we are also loved with an everlasting love, and that love far exceeds
that of a mother’s love. But He also loves us with a love that led him to give His
only begotten Son. Despite our rebellion, disobedience and unbelief, God loves us.
To give the Son He loves, to allow Him to suffer at the hands of cruel Roman
soldiers, for Jesus to bear our sin and iniquity, to endure God’s divine anger over
sin instead of us, is truly amazing.
Does God need to go any further to show the true depth of His love? Christian,
remember at all times, and through all circumstances, that God loves you.
2. God gives a special distinction to His people.
They are ‘His saints.’ Over the centuries this word ‘saint’ has been greatly misused,
and in some cases abused.
We visit some of our beautiful churches throughout the country, and stand
admiring the great architecture and stained glassed windows, many of which
portray characters with haloes around their heads, and these are known as
From time to time, an announcement comes from the Vatican to say that a
person, who may have been dead for hundreds or even thousands of years,
has been elevated to the position of a saint, usually due to the good works or
miracles they have performed during their days on earth.
Many people have the impression that a saint is someone who is extra special:
the elite of heaven; those who have a special place in God’s presence.
If that is how you think let me encourage you, because if you are a Christian who
has been saved from your sin through trusting in the Lord Jesus and His work at
Calvary, you are a saint.
Ephesians 1:1 — ‘To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus.’
Philippians 1:1 — ‘To all the saints in Christ Jesus.’
So, who is a saint? You are!
If we are His children, He has given us a very special distinction. We are ‘His
saints.’ Therefore we must each live like one.
Hark, my soul! it is the Lord;
’Tis thy Saviour, hear His word;
Jesus speaks, and speaks to thee:
‘Say, poor sinner, lov’st thou Me?’
‘I delivered thee when bound,
And, when bleeding, healed thy wound;
Sought thee wandering, set thee right,
Turned thy darkness into light.
‘Can a woman’s tender care
Cease towards the child she bare?
Yes, she may forgetful be,
Yet will I remember thee.
‘Mine is an unchanging love,
Higher than the heights above,
Deeper than the depths beneath,
Free and faithful, strong as death.
‘Thou shalt see My glory soon,
When the work of grace is done;
Partner of My throne shalt be:
Say, poor sinner, lov’st thou Me?’
Lord, it is my chief complaint
That my love is weak and faint;
Yet I love Thee, and adore;
O for grace to love Thee more!
William Cowper, 1731-1800
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THE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY IS PREPARED BY JOHN ROBERTS