Meditation for 08/09/2019
“For I have chosen him so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” (Genesis18:19)
Following God’s moral expectation always carries the responsibilities of conveying those expectations to one’s family. Our moral development begins through family habits and expectations long before we can learn God’s expectations through reading His Word.
His expectations are not unreasonable demands of a tyrant. They are the perfect guidelines of our heavenly Father leading to righteousness and justice in our lives and how we treat others as well.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, You have taught us through Your Word, of Your commitment to us and that we must commit ourselves to You in return. Your desire is for us to live moral and righteous lives, and to teach our family and friends to do the same. We are to treat all people the way we want to be treated and to take responsibility when we make mistakes and seek forgiveness from You. We come before You seeking Your grace and mercy for when we have erred and strayed off of the path of righteous living and ask You to guide us back on the right path. It is in Jesus name, that we pray and recommit ourselves to the covenant relationship that we have with You. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“P.U.S.H. — Pray Until Something Happens.”
“The king stood by the pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord—to follow the Lord and keep his commands, regulations and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, thus confirming the words of the covenant written in this book. Then all the people pledged themselves to the covenant.” (2nd Kings23:3)
Josiah represents an example of one in a leadership role who took seriously the matter of high personal and community standards. Because of the intensity and seriousness of his commitment to renewed application of God’s standards for his life, others followed his example. Our society, unlike Josiah’s, is not one in which “as the king does, so goes the community.” Yet, ours is like Josiah’s in that authenticity of word and life-style can be strong communication of God’s truth. Beloved, the renewal of the covenant is a vow of commitment by the nation. Reading or hearing God’s Word should led to prayers of commitment. Have you made this commitment to God? If not, why not?
Christian Ethics, Covenant: (Nehemiah1:5)
“O Lord, God of heaven, the great ans awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands.” Nehemiah addressed his prayer to God in a way that expressed faith in the one, unique God. Lack of clarity on this issue is what had sent the chosen people into captivity. They did not worship God alone. They did not trust God to keep His covenant. They refused to believe God would bring the covenant curses upon them. The covenant demands grow out of God’s love, not out of a tyrant’s need to manipulate and exercise power.
Second Thought of the Day:
“With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him. Those who are wise and will instruct many, thought for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered. When they fall, they will receive a little help, and many who are not sincere will join them. Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of he end, for it will still come at the appointed time.” (Daniel 11:32-35)
Apocalyptic teachings call for God’s people to be faithful to His covenant,, resist those who oppose it, and accept tribulation as an instrument of moral purification. Disobedience is possible, God’s people must guard themselves from rebelling against God and His purpose in the world.
Daniel saw the death and martyrdom of so many pious leaders as bringing about the refining, purifying, and making spotless of God’s people for the end times. That is a good way to describe the process of sanctification. Sanctification refines, purifies, and cleanses us. The holy example of others challenge us to stronger commitment to God’s way of life. Clear, beloved???