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A Prayer for a Blameless Heart
By Alistair Begg
I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless. - Jeremiah 15:21
Notice the personal nature of this promise: "I will." The Lord Jehovah Himself intervenes to deliver and redeem His people. He pledges Himself personally to rescue them. His own arm shall do it, in order that He may have the glory. Not a word is said of any effort of our own that may be needed to assist the Lord. Neither our strength nor our weakness is taken into account, but the lone "I," like the sun in the heavens, shines out resplendent in complete sufficiency. Why then do we allow ourselves to be wounded by calculating our forces and consulting with mere men? God has enough power without borrowing from our puny arm.
To enjoy peace, our unbelieving thoughts must be stilled, and we must learn that the Lord reigns. There is not even a hint of help from any secondary source. The Lord says nothing of friends and helpers: He undertakes the work alone and feels no need of human arms to aid Him. All our lookings around to companions and relatives are vain; they are broken reeds if we lean upon them—often unwilling when able, and unable when they are willing. Since the promise comes from God alone, it is best for us to wait only on Him; and when we do so, our expectation never fails us.
Heavenly Father, give us the courage to face each new day with all its challenges. Remind us that you are greater than our perception of who you are, and in all things, you prevail. Amen.
Editor’s Note: The following is an abridged version of Alistair Begg’s Blameless! On Truth for Life. To read the full devotional, follow this link.