“Those officials of Pharaoh who feared the word of the Lord hurried to bring their slaves and their livestock inside. But those who ignored the word of he Lord left their slaved and livestock in the field. Throughout Egypt hail struck everything in the fields—-both men and animals; it beat down everything growing in the fields and stripped every tree. But I know that you and your officials still do not fear the Lord God.” (Exodus9:20-21, 25, 30)
Those who do not have faith or who ignore God’s Word lose everything. They are lost to the good things of life, to joy and happiness, and o God Himself.
Lostness is the greatest of human tragedies. God’s people should be burdened and dedicated to share with others the danger in ignoring the Word of God and refusing to have Jesus Christ in their lives.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You had taught the lesson to fear You, and what You were capable of doing. Pharaoh and his officials were told to do what Moses instructed them to do, and some did exactly, by moving their slaves and their livestock from the field and survived. The rest who did not remove their slaves and livestock, lost everything This is our prayer today, that we are serving you in a righteous way, that honors our relationship with You. You are our God, and You love us, as we are obedient to Your ways and read and understand Your Word, for our sake. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“You lose respect, when you stop giving it.”
“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! As when fire sets twigs ablaze and caused water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and your mountains trembled before you. Since ancient times no one ha heard, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways. But when we continued to sin against them, you were angry. How then can we be saved? All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and made us waste away because of our sins. Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter, we are all the work of your hand. Do not be angry beyond measure, O Lord: do not remember our sins forever. Oh, look upon us, we pray, for we are all your people. Your sacred cities have become desert; even Zion is a desert, Jerusalem a desolation. Our holy and glorious temple, where our fathers praised you, has been burned with fire, and all that we treasured lies in ruins. After all this, O Lord, will you hold yourself back?” (Isaiah64:1-12)
People experience their own sinfulness and the absence of God. God’s anger stands over the lost person. Good deeds are worthless when the person is not rightly related to God. The only hope for a lost person is to confess sins and call on God for salvation.
“For the wages of sin is death, but gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans6:23)
Sin pays us what we earn—-death. God gives us what we need—-eternal life. Which do you want? Thus Paul summarized his first six chapters. We have a choice: serve sin and die or serve Christ and live forever.
Sin pays fair wages—-eternal death. God in love gives what is not earned—eternal life. You must decide whether to be content with your wages or accept God’s gift. Until you accept God’s gift, you are lost.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and ‘sinners’ were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the ‘sinners’ and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: ‘Why doe he eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’ On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come o call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:15–17)
Evangelism helps lost people find a cure for their sin sickness. Self-righteous people are usually the last to acknowledge they are lost. Jesus is the only Physician who can cure sin sickness.
He sends His followers not to judge others bu to proclaim the good news to all people, even at the risk of being criticized by the self-righteous. Jesus paid special attention to those the religious hypocrites rejected. He calls us to follow Him to love sinners.