Meditation for 06/11/2019
“Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.” (Psalm32:10)
Both the love and faithfulness of God are praised here. They allow and invite us to confess our sins and accept God’s forgiveness.
Beloved, those who trust in God can count on His faithful love to surround us with the warmth of His promises of forgiveness. His love knows no bounds, and He will shower us with it in abundance, in return for our love and trust in Him.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, Your message for us is one of true faith, trust and love. It is our response to God’s answer to His people. If we seek Him out with repentant hearts, He will forgive us of our sins and we will bask in His love forever. It is this that we seek for our lives today, and forevermore. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Making a living is not the same as making a life.”
“If I tell the righteous man that he will surely live, but then he trusts in his righteousness and does evil, none of the righteous things he has done will be remembered; he will die for the evil he has done.” (Ezekiel33:13)
Trusting in our own righteousness to save us is like trusting in filthy rags. The prophet here emphasizes God’s justice rather than His mercy. Verse 14 balances what is said. Salvation changes the heart and leads to obedient trust in God. We are not perfect, by a long shot, but it is certainly true that the promises of salvation will melt our hearts and help to change the way we act, feel, and treat others.
Salvation, Belief: (Luke24:25-27, 37-41)
Jesus’ disciples thought maybe He was a ghost, but he showed them His hands and feet, to prove it was Himself. He told them a ghost had no needs for flesh and bones, and clearly He had both. Even then, there was still disbelief, because of their joy and amazement, so Jesus made a simple request of them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish and Jesus took it and ate in front of them, to prove he was no ghost! At times we tend to laugh at the disciples, and yet how many times have we done no less than they did in our own ways?! Think about it.
Second Thought of the Day:
“And how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (2nd Timothy3:15)
Beloved, the Bible is the textbook of the Christian faith. Scriptures are the source of religious instruction of both children and adults, pointing the say to salvation, clarifying understandings of the gospel, and providing guidance for living in daily life. Church history, contemporary church experience, and the leadership of God’s Spirit will help each generation of Christian teachers find words to communicate true doctrinal teaching, but every teaching must ultimately rest on Scripture.
The sacred Scriptures make persons wise to the salvation which Christ gives. They teach us that salvation comes through faith in Christ. True wisdom leads to trust in Christ’s strength to save, not to confidence in our intelligence.