Meditation for 08/15/2019
“Fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” (Psalm34:9–10)
Those who have reverential fear of God lack nothing good that they need. God cares for His children,, every single one of them. Refuge is a prominent meaning of salvation in the Old Testament. God is a safe refuge for all who will turn to Him. No source of security is as sure as our good Lord.
God cares for His children. He knows our material needs. Such a condition provides relief and a basis for hope in this life and the one to come. If you think He has not thought through our needs, then think again, for He knows us better than we know ourselves and has already made provision for us.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, so very often we tend to think God needs our help in order to accomplish that which we recognized that we could not provide for ourselves, so we turned it over to Him. Then, we feel He needs our help! Abba, we know that when we have turned all things over to You, that You will take care of them all and in a way we could never have thought of before. Through Your Spirit, we have come to learn that You need nothing from us; yet, You desire to be in relationship with us. Abba, we give You our hurts, addictions, grievances, abusive situation, our marriages, our broken relationships and trust that You will take care of them all. Our love for You supersedes our own needs and desires, for only in our relationship with You, that we find true peace and happiness. It is in this confidence, that we release all things to You and live for you only. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Scripture is not cake just for special occasions, but it is bread for daily consumption.”
“Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him—for this is his lot. Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.” (Ecclesiastes5:18–20)
Life by itself offers few activities which provide real pleasure. Eating, drinking, and daily work should provide basic satisfaction. Any extras we receive are a bonus from God. Enjoying the simple pleasures leaves no time to worry about life’s unsolvable problems. This testimony is of one who has recognized the true source of his wealth, the satisfaction of a job well done, and the proper use of the good gifts of God.
Christian Ethics, Property Rights: (Amos6:4-7)
Too often our ease and comfort veil us from seeing the economic injustice in our world. Our actions show we think if all is well with us, all must be well with everyone else. Although this may occur some times, it certainly is not true for us all, all the time! Our complacency is no excuse for not grieving over injustice to others. Riches cannot protect us from God’s judgment.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Don’t collect any more than you are required to, he told them. Then some soldiers asked him, ‘And what should we do?’ He replied,, ‘Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.’” (Luke 3:13-14)
Accepting pay for work done and value rendered is the reasonable right of every worker. To expect and demand more pay than the value rendered the employer is wrong and should lead to repentance.
Being content with fair wages curbs greediness and allows us to turn our attention to our ministry for God. If we are distracted by an unreal perception of pay versus value, then we will have no time for the ministry that God has for us in the first place.