Meditation

03/19/2021

During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. (Exodus2:2324)

The Bible repeatedly emphasizes that God hear the cry or groaning of the oppressed. God’s covenant promises transcend geographical boundaries and human limitations.

God’s people are never alone and never forgotten. In His own time and His own way, the Lord remembers His people. Years may pass, and circumstances may changed; but God’s steadfast love endures forever.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, time for us is different that for God, We often forget this and become impatient. Beloved, God never forgets us or the promises He has made to and for us. It begs us to be in relationship with Him, and that is why He sent Jesus to this earth; first to teach, preach, and to model the behavior we should live in our own lives. Secondly, we are to communicate with God and Jesus with our prayers; thus, He hears our hardships and our praises regularly. In the case of the slaves in Egypt, He heard their groans and responded to them. He does the same today. It is in Jesus’ name that we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Reputation is what people think you are. Character is what people know you are.

KNOWING GOD:

About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him leader over my people Israel; he will deliver my people from the hand of the Philistines. I have looked upon my people, for their cry has reached me.” (1st Samuel9:16)

The cry of the people for a king was second best and willful. God himself had always deliver them (Judges 8:34), but they demanded a deliver in permanent office.

God revealed to prophets both words to preach and specific acts to do to carry out His will.

Samuel received instruction from God to meet His chosen leader and anoint him the first king of Israel. God revealed His compassion for His oppressed children by answering their cry for help.

I AM:

Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your inheritance, which lives by itself in a forest, in fertile pastureland’s. Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead as in days long ago. ‘As in the days when you came out of Egypt, I will show them my wonders.’ Nations will see and be ashamed, deprived of all their power. They will lay their hands on their mouths and their ears will become deaf. They will lick dust like a snake, like creatures that crawl on the ground. They will come trembling out of their dens; they will turn in fear to the Lord our God and will e afraid of you. ‘Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will trad our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. You will be trust to Jacob, and show mercy to Abraham, as you pledged on oath to our fathers in days long ago.’” (Romans8:23)

The distinguishing characteristic of God in His love which leads Him to pardon sinners. Love replaces wrath. Salvation follows punishment. The loving God does miracles for His flock.

Micah called on God to shepherd Israel as His inheritance. God promised to do so. The closing three verses are a doxology giving glory and praise to God for answered prayer.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of he Lord Almighty.” (James 5:4)

The rich were fast approaching an encounter with God for their mistreatment of His children. They had done work clearing their fields and they did not pay as promised. The rich faced ruin, why? Because wealth is a sin? No! Because wealth had become a god to them and they expected a source of security for eternity. Commitment to wealth breeds injustice, causing inhumane and uncaring treatment of the poor for whom God has special concern.

The Bible emphasizes repeatedly God’s openness to the cry of the oppressed. Their cry may bring condemnation for oppressing God’s children. Those who praise and worship wealth or anything else than God will find themselves in the same position the wealthy landowners found themselves in!

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