Meditation for 07/30/2019
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake, for his names sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm23:1-6)
Beloved, the psalm expressed confidence hat God will help even in the worst of circumstances, including death and evil. God’s concern for us is illustrated by His being the Good Shepherd and the gracious Host.
Although we will face evil, we will not fear it because of God’s companionship. We can trust in God’s goodness despite the problems of life, including the dark valley of death.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, we are able to walk with You into any situation, for You are our God and we can and must depend upon You. You are with us when we enter into this world that You created, You are with us as we live out lives under the direction of Your Holy Spirit, and You will even be with us at death, to welcome us into the kingdom of heaven. You seek only a close and personal relationship with us, that we might get to know You better. Abba, we seek the same and strive to live our lives in honor of this relationship. Walk with us daily, and help us to offer only good things to those around us, so that in this way, our walk becomes that of Jesus’ and we honor You both through our lives. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Beloved, the first step to hearing God is to listen.”
“Is anyone of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of he Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.” (James5:14-16)
Christians have no exemption from the natural laws of God’s universe. We do get sick. We do have a mission to heal the sick. James, described the use of oil, a medical remedy in the day as well as a symbol of God’s powerful presence. Christians should pay for the sick and use all resources available to effect healing. Ultimately we must leave the healing to God. Faith in God should not be lost if the sick person is not healed. Prayer never is a device by which God can be manipulated into doing my will. Faithful disciples accept God’s answer to prayer whatever it may be. We do know from personal experience the great power prayer has in our ministry to the sick.
Discipleship, Sick: (Luke 9:1-6)
The early disciples obeyed the Lord, who blessed their ministry as He had promised. We miss many blessings by not doing what the Lord has said to do. Our task is to preach and heal. We mus not neglect either task. Clear?
Second Thought of the Day:
“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8)
Jesus sent the twelve out to minister to the needs of “the lost sheep of Israel.” With that limited commission, He gave them power to heal the sick and raise the dead. This was special power for a special need at a particular time.
Such power is not promised to all disciples as they go out to serve the Lord, but Christian compassion will cause disciples to minister to the sick and afflicted and to claim every blessing for the sick that God has promised. We must, therefore use all means possible to minister to the sick, and we do so in the Lord, who sent us out to minister to those who are sick or in any kind of need.