Meditation for 06/18/2019
“I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. I call with all my heart; answer me, O Lord, and I will obey your decrees.” (Psalm119:99-102, 145)
The psalmist taught an important educational principle. Only one who obeys the Word of the Lord can fully understand it. Divine truth is not something to be contemplated from a distance. It must be grappled with in the arena of everyday experience. True wisdom depends upon obedience to God’s precepts.
The godly person does not depend upon previous learning to keep walking in the way of truth but upon God’s continued guidance. The child of God never graduates from the school of divine instruction; every day is an opportunity to learn something new. Those who have accepted God through Christ Jesus will obey God’s work or His precepts or His decrees.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, any day we feel we have learned enough, You show us a verse or two that we’ve read so many other times and yet this time we see a new interpretation or divine instruction that we missed before. You are the Living God, who gives us His Living Word, that we might gain greater wisdom about You and our relationship. We thank You for the opportunity to continuing learning, that we may become ever closer to You than ever before. It is in Jesus name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“A hug is the ideal gift. One size fits all!”
“Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very important city—a visit required three days. On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed: ‘Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned.’ The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them from the greatest to the least, put on sack cloth.” (Jonah3:3-5)
For all of Jonah’s efforts to avoid going into Nineveh to obey the Lord, when he finally obeyed the Lord and told the people they must change their ways, and they recognized this message was from God. They declared a fast and put on sack cloth. This is significant, because this is symbolic of a people with deep faith, that responded to God’s message in the form of deep repentance. What Jonah learned and that we also should glean from these verses, is that our obedience can result in the salvation of others. This story about the Ninevites teaches us that through faith, Ninevites was well as Israelites and all others, can have fellowship with God.
Salvation, Obedience: (Ezekiel 11:18-21)
The new experience and the new heart bring with them a new obedience. Ezekiel’s good news was that God would so renew His people that they would obey Him from the heart.
Second Thought of the Day:
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-39)
The Law and the Prophets hang on the two commandments to love God supremely and to love neighbor as self. God’s people do not have to learn a list of rules or face prophetic judgment.
We have to let God plant His love so deep within us that we respond to every situation in love, seeking God’s will and the best for the other person(s). Acting in self-giving love is obeying God. As we act in love, we will fulfill the Law’s deepest demands. I pray your understand this clearly, beloved.