Meditation for 10/10/2019
“Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” (Psalm100:3)
Because God created us, we belong to Him. We find joy in the relationship because the Creator God is our good, loving Shepherd.
God’s people have abundant reasons to praise Him. This verse gives three reasons. 1) The Lord is God. He alone created the universe and is, therefore, Lord of creation. 2) God made us in His image. We are not our own makers. 3) God shepherds His people. He is involved intimately in the lives of His people. God’s people are thus a worshiping, praising community.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, as a part of Your creation, we are Your people and our Shepherd. You have always been our God and we have been Your people. In this moment of time, let us praise and worship You freely and abundantly. Let our words be Your words, Abba, and may our actions be Your actions. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Faith is a journey…as God’s church, we’ll help you get started.”
“Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, You are not my people, they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’ The people of Judah and the people of Israel will be reunited, and they will appoint one leader and will come p out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel.” (Hosea1:10-11)
Israel became the sons of God because God chose them for His own and established His covenant with them. Because of rebellion, Israel could no longer be called the people of God. God chose to restore them unto Himself and to call them the sons of God. God chooses by His grace to restore His people despite our sin. The loving Father does everything possible to woo His people back to loyalty to Himself and His covenant. He wants to call all of us “My People.” He remains faithful to us even when we are unfaithful.
The Church, God’s Community: (Hebrews 12:4-11)
Discipline is a mark of sonship. The church as a community, and each member individually, struggles against temptation and sin. God helps in the struggle by rebuking and disciplining us. Receiving His discipline means we are His beloved sons. We can be sure God’s discipline is goof for us. It should lead us to reverence and worship Him and to live more faithful lives.
Second Thought of the Day:
“You have heard it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.’ He causes his son to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew5:43–45)
A son is marked by obeying his father and by following in his father’s steps. For Christians, sonship means sacrificial love evidenced by loving one’s enemies and by praying for one’s persecutors
Beloved, we are to show the love of Jesus Christ to all, no exceptions. Whether or not they receive it or not is not our responsibility, it is on them to either accept or deny. Our responsibility is to greet all with His love and respect.