Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities. I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance, let us plead together; declare thou, that thou mayest be justified. (Isaiah 43:24-26)
What a most marvelous word this is. Here we see that Father God has a personality; a sensitive, warm and caring character. "Thou hast bought me no sweet cane," and "put me in remembrance;" also, "let us plead together." In the book of James, we can read, "The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy." Such emotions. A God and Father that is most affected by our daily routine. How he loves us!
When you or I, through our earthly abilities, show our affections for him; a most wonderful event transpires. He is touched with our expressions of love.
The Jews came to Jesus with a request from someone who was not a Jew. Their presentation, "Oh, how he loves our nation and has built us a synagogue." Everything you do to promote Jesus, every time there is a cost in your life to further the gospel; God is pleased! The gift of your sweet cane will be accepted and when you plead your cause, you will not be alone. Praise the Lord!
Dr. Thomas Snyder