Meditation

10/08/2020

Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace! Celebrate your festivals, O Judah, and fulfill your vows. No more will the wicked invade you: they will be completely destroyed.(Nahum1:15)

Political messengers brought news of war and of peace treaties. God’s prophets used these to announce God’s will and actions for His people. All proclamations are not from God. Many human institutions issue public proclamations.

Only those God gives to His people are to be proclaimed in His name. In this case, God calls His people to grateful worship. Assyria oppressed many; that oppression was met by justice of God. Dire consequences await oppressors then, as now. God delivers His afflicted people; God offers hope in the midst of affliction.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, Your prophet Nahum proclaimed a significant message to a world often dominated by chaos and confusion. You gave him a message of hope, that You recognized their affliction and it was about to end. Therefore, we pray in Jesus’ holy name, that you are always aware of your people’s afflictions and at the right time, will deliver them. With this message of hope, we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Be more concerned what God thinks about you than what people think about you.

KNOWING GOD:

The word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before your were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.’ ‘Ah, Sovereign Lord,’ I said, ‘I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.’ But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say, I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Go not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you, declares the Lord. Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, ‘Now, I have put my words in your mouth.’” (Jeremiah1:49)

In Old Testament times God selected certain individuals to proclaim His message. This call to proclaim was critical to effective proclamation. God set Jeremiah apart even before he was born! On the other hand, God called Jonah in his adult years to proclaim a certain message in a certain place.

In New Testament times, God called people to preach His revealed truth in the manner of he Lord Jesus Himself. This call established these men as servant leaders of he Christian movement. The early church was scattered in persecution, each believer became a preacher of the good news.

I AM:

Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else—-to the nearby villages—-so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.’ So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.” (Mark1:3839)

Proclaiming the good news of salvation was the cornerstone of Jesus’ ministry. Healing miracles provided opportunity to preach. Jesus attempted to reach as many people as possible. Preaching continues to be a major means of revealing God’s salvation to people who do not know Christ.

Proclamation is not an achievement leading us to brag. Rather, it is a compulsion bring its own reward. Two compelling reasons motivate us to proclaim the gospel: 1) people are lost without Christ and need to be saved. 2) we need to obey God. The gospel requires urgency of proclamation. Every person who is not saved is destined for eternal separation from God. God desires all to be saved.

Second Thought of the Day:

Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly. It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice.” (Philippians 1:1418)

When we faithfully proclaim the gospel, God anoints that proclamation. He fills I wit power. What God commands us to do, He enables us to do. God does not call the equipped, instead He enables the called and equips them to do His will. Beloved, we experience great joy when we sense the anointing of God upon our lives.

Some proclamation is without the anointing, but even this kind of proclamation is not without effect. It is tragic however, that God has to work through sin and rebellion in the life of the proclaimer. The anointed prophet was directed to groups of people often ignored by society’s power brokers. Proclamation has content bringing hope to people in need. We do not stand in judgment over the motives of others. We simply rejoice that people hear the gospel.

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