Psalm 119:114: You are my hiding place and my shield;I hope in your word. .
Devotion, 9/28, 2020, My beloved Son.
God said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with Him I am well pleased; listen to Him” (Matthew 17:5).
God, the Father, rarely speaks in the New Testament. Peter, James, and John are on the Mt. of Transfiguration with Jesus. They see the outshining of His divine nature. To make sure they understand what is happening, the Father speaks audibly from heaven. He states that Jesus is His beloved Son, and the Father is pleased with the work of His Son. If God, the Father is pleased with Jesus, I think we should also be pleased with Him. Jesus has fulfilled the Father’s purpose and will continue to do so. His final act of obedience during His earthly life takes place at the cross. We should be well pleased with what Jesus accomplished for us when He died for our sins.
Then the Father tells us to listen to His Son. Jesus is not only our Savior. He is also our Lord, who tells us how to live so we can please God. When we listen to Jesus and respond to His wisdom, God is well pleased with us. When God tells us to listen to His Son, and we fail to do so, how can we expect God’s blessings? God is not pleased when we fail to listen to His Son.
Living life with faith in Jesus as Savior and obedience to Him as Lord is the path that leads to a joyful and meaningful life.
Gracious Father, I agree with You that Jesus is Your beloved Son. I want His sacrifice and His teachings to be my daily bread. I do believe Jesus is my Savior. I love His wonderful teachings, but I must confess I do not always follow them as I should. I pray that my obedience to Him will grow to maturity with the help of the Holy Spirit. In His blessed name, I pray, Amen.