Meditation

Meditation for 08/16/2019

“Be sure to keep the commands of the Lord your God and the stipulations and decrees he has given you. Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight, so that it may go well with you and you may go in and take over the good land that the Lord promised on oath to your forefathers.” (Deuteronomy6:17-18)

God’s law establish an order most outsiders recognize as wise and desirable. They meet all standards of righteousness. Human have no reason to criticize or change God’s social order. We do, however, struggle with what the world tells us is righteous and that which our Heavenly Father’s laws outline for us.

God’s plans are so much better than anything we could come up with, having looked at every angle in advance and He knows what we must have to become righteous people. The world has become more of a “feel good” environment. It is spontaneous and somewhat sketchy. It is appealing, but it will also get us into trouble.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Abba, we love the idea of being spontaneous and it is appropriate is some situations. Help us to discern that which we know we need to do with what it is that we want to do and give us guidance in the right way to move in all situations. Your Spirit is our guide, but sometimes we struggle with discerning if what we hear is our voice versus Your voice. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Have your tools ready and God will supply the work.

KNOWING GOD:

“And now O Israel; what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?” (Deuteronomy10:1213)

This “fear” is not to be afraid of God, it is calling us to be more reverentially fearful of God. In other words, we are to come to understand that all of His commands and decrees, are in truth, for our own good! He could easily command of to love Him; yet, He desires that we come to Him freely with a desire to love Him. We are to understand that His commands and decrees are intended for our best interests. Our service for God is not one of a burden, it is one of honoring Him for all that He has already done for us. It is in understanding that nothing we do gains us salvation, Jesus Christ went to the cross for us, and it is through His taking on our sins that we find true freedom, love, grace, and forgiveness.

I AM:

Christian Ethics, Social Order: (Deuteronomy15:56)

God’s social order is set up to prevent want and need among His people. Full obedience by His people should lead to divine blessing which would eliminate poverty. People who do not fully obey cannot demand or expect such blessings. There are way too many people today that ignore poverty, because they feel that it is caused by people who are too lazy to work. Most people would love a hand up out of poverty, and not a hand out. We cannot recognize that people need help and then condemn them when they ask for help. We need to do more to educate all people that if we would simply help one another out, we could end poverty in a very short amount of time. That’s not the answer, it is only part of the answer. We who work have a responsibility to help those who have no training to find paying jobs, and for those with jobs, to be able to rise in their own lives to higher paying jobs. The frustration comes when only a small group of people are targeted as needing help, when the problem is much bigger than being presented. We must all work together in order to eliminate poverty as we know it. It won’t happen today or tomorrow, but if we are willing to sit down and listen to those living in the poverty and then target the required training to lift them up, we can then establish a foothold on the problem and work to improve all people’s situations.

Second Thought of the Day:

“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.” (Deuteronomy 30:11)

I love this verse, because God outlines that what it is that He is commanding us to do is not too difficult! He doesn’t say it is easy, or that this is not a challenge, but He does state that it is not too difficult or beyond our reach!

Obedience is possible. God does not set up imperatives we cannot follow or attain. Human weakness is not an acceptable excuse. God calls us to full time obedience. What He does expect from us is obedience. It is our attitude to serve Him that is important. He wants us to respond to His call. He will supply our needs, He always does, but we must take the first step of obedience before He supplies us with what we need to accomplish the task at hand!

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