Meditation

Meditation for 07/26/2019

“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor to of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches?” (Isaiah10:1-3)

God pronounced judgment on those who used legal processes to oppress the widows, the fatherless, and the poor.

A day of reckoning is ahead for those guilty of such treatment. Remember though, that day will be judged by God, not us or anyone else. It is not our responsibility to judge others, for we too, will b e judged.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Abba, You have already promised that those who are the weakest of human beings are not to be treated unjustly, but this happens more often than anyone wants to recognize. Abba, help us to always seek to protect those less fortunate; the homeless, the widows, the fatherless, for they need our protection more than most. Guide us to those who need help, and let our efforts on their behalf bring honor and glory to You alone. We pray this, for we fully recognize that You are God and we are not. Let out actions bring You praise and thanksgivings. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

America Bless God!

KNOWING GOD:

“Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on mount Samaria, you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy and say to your husbands, ‘Bring us some drinks!’ The Sovereign Lord has sworn by his holiness” ‘The time will surely come when you will be taken away with hooks, the last of you with fishhooks.’” (Amos4:1-2)

God is displeased with the oppression of the poor and needy. The elite women were guilty of such mistreatment. God showed the end result of such an irresponsible and foolish life-style. They needed to repent and turn to God, but they would not do so. God expects both men and women to center life on helping others rather than fulfilling selfish desires.

I AM:

Discipleship, Oppressed: (Mark 12:3840)

Jesus had strong words for His enemies. He warned the religious legalists they faced eternal punishment. Why? Because they wanted the chief placed in the synagogue and places of honor at social occasions. These legalists lacked the compassion to reach out to the oppressed. Rather, they misused their leadership to take advantage of defenseless people such as widows. These religious leaders prayed long prayers and appeared religious, but they oppressed the defenseless rather than ministering to the oppressed. Disciples gain honor in secret service, not in public display.

Second Thought of the Day:

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they wee harassed and helpless, like sheep without s shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)

Jesus looked with compassion upon the crowd of people following him. They were spiritually destitute and worn out, like a neglected flock of sheep without a shepherd. A compassion for the oppressed seeks action to alleviate their need.

Jesus sought to awaken compassion in His disciples and cause them to meet the needs of the spiritually neglected. Workers to reach out to spiritually neglected people were few then, and they still are too few today. As disciple of Jesus Christ, we are to model His likeness. Often He would look upon the people with compassion. You cannot fake this look beloved, it is either real or it is not.

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