Meditation for 06/21/2019
“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us. God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear him.” (Psalm 67:1-2, 6-7)
Beloved, our basic prayer is to live in God’s grace, that undeserved kindness that God shows to us. We testify of that grace so that all other peoples may know God’s salvation.
God’s blessing has a missionary dimension. He blesses Israel that His salvation might be known to the ends of the earth. God has the right to invite and expect all peoples to praise Him because He rules the world fairly in justice. Even in today’s times there is no more eloquent call to world evangelization.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, You offer for us to live in Your grace by expressing His ways to all those around us. In return, we are offered salvation and to all that accept His offer. He will bless us in our lives, our work, our worship and in our obedience to His will. We accept Your grace, Your mercy, Your love, and certainly Your blessing, Abba, and we love and honor You alone. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“When we stop loving, we stop living.”
“God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on he earth.’ God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of he sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Genesis 1:22, 28)
God’s salvation is His blessing. God blessed the creatures of the sea, the birds of the air, and the man and woman whom He had created. He told them to be fruitful and multiply. An added blessing to the man and woman was to fill the earth and subdue it. They were given stewardship over the rest of God’s creation. Those who have accepted salvation become stewards of God’s blessings.
Salvation, Blessing: (Job 42:10, 12)
After all of Job’s trials and tribulations God blessed him with twice as much as He had before. The key, I believe, is that after all that he went through, he first thought was to pray for his friends. All of his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house and they comforted and consoled him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring. Then, the Lord blessed Job the latter part of his life by giving him sheep camels and oxen and donkeys. He also had seven sons and three daughters, and all ten were given inheritance equally, which was not normal in those days. Job’s faith ultimately ended in a very special blessing. God seeks to bless us in our lives, too. This is easy in good times, but much, much harder in times where we are challenged in our faith, like Job. Still, He will bless us.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Then I heard a voice from heaven say, ‘Write Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Yes, says the Spirit, they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.’” (Revelations 14:13)
The dead who die in the Lord are blessed. God’s salvation blesses His people from the cradle to the grave, and indeed from before time to after time.
God’s salvation includes a final resting place for the dead in Christ—-heaven. “Rest” here probably means final release from sufferings, tortures, and death, as well as cessation of physical work and toil. This is the second of seven beatitudes in Revelation given to comfort those facing the prospect of martyrdom because they confessed their Lord.