Meditation

04/20/2020

In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed. But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads: ‘He trusts in the Lord; let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.’ (Psalm22:48)

“Trusts” (verse 8; Hebrew – galal) means to roll, thus to roll burdens and worries onto God (Psalm 37:5; Proverbs 16:3). Skeptics cannot change reality. God does deliver His people though salvation.

God delivers those who put their trust in Him. Impatient, unbelieving people often mock believers for their faith, but ridicule cannot destroy true faith.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, The last two sentences, in light of Easter, sound very familiar, because they are the words spewed out at Jesus, as He hung on the Cross. Jesus had been nailed to the cross and yet he uttered those prophetic words, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” With the worldwide pandemic, we remember that it is in You that we place our trust, first and foremost, in all things. Today, we pray for all those who have died and their surviving family members; for those who are fighting for their lives as we speak this prayer; for those who may not even realize the severity of this pandemic; for those who are scared and are crying out to You; and for ourselves, who have done all we can do in a preventive way and now simply place ourselves in Your care. This we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

People do not fail, they just give up trying. Place your trust and faith in God.

KNOWING GOD:

This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘See I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders. Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.’ Can plunder be taken from warriors, or captives rescued from the fierce? But this is what the Lord says: ‘Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save. I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh; they will be drunk on their own blood, as with wine. Then all mankind will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” (Isaiah22:22-26)

The sovereign God knows the plight of His people and plans unexpected ways to use even foreign rulers to save His people. His actions will eventually lead all people to recognize His lordship. Beloved, Israel’s story and the story of world redemption are inseparably intertwined. God delivered Israel again and again that He might in the end deliver all peoples. He desires to introduce His name to all nations and let all humans experience Him as Savior and Redeemer. God saves His children from seemingly impossible situations to reveal Himself to the nations.

I AM:

If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve our gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. Then Nebuchannezzar said, ‘Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were will to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.” (Daniel3:17-18, 28)

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego believed God was able to deliver them from the fiery furnace. If God chose not to deliver them, hey would still remain faithful to Him. God did deliver them, but their faith was not based on expectation of a miracle. Similarly, our faith in God is based on His basic character, not the absence or presence of suffering. God is able to relieve our suffering, but sometimes we will not experience miraculous divine intervention. God may choose to sustain us in the midst of our difficulty rather than removing the problem. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are examples of the kind of faith God wants persons to have in Him. Faith has such trust in God’s love and power that believers hold to God no matter what happens, no matter who seeks to change their minds, or what threats they face.

Second Thought of the Day:

What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—-through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” (Romans7:24-25)

Life is a war, beloved. We commit ourselves to Christ but still seek to please the world. The person whose spiritual nature has been reborn through Jesus experiences a constant conflict between the spiritual and the human natures. We know what is right but desire to do what is wrong. This conflict can lead to an inner wretchedness and a struggle for peace. The only deliverance comes through Jesus. Following Him brings us inner peace and eternal life.

Jesus Christ the Lord rescues us from the body of death, that is, the old sinful nature. He makes us victorious in the struggle against sin. He leads us from despair to joy. The opening sentence of verse 25 “Thanks be to God—-Jesus Christ our Lord!” Paul could not answer the question he had just asked without gratitude. Thanks overwhelmed him at the thought of salvation in Christ. How about you???

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