Meditation

03/24/2021

Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people, that they would become accursed and laid waste, and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I have heard you, declares the Lord. (2nd Kings 22:19)

King Josiah’s repentance was couched in terms very similar to a divine promise made in the days of Solomon (2nd Chronicles 7:14). This is an example of a precise fulfillment of a promise of God Himself.

The Book of the Law had been lost to the people, yet by Josiah’s gift of payment for the work being done to rebuild the Temple, they gave him a book in return, which was the lost Book of the Law. God’s Word is the standard by which His people measure their obedience. His people must preserve and learn His Word to know what sin is. To know what sin is, also helps one appreciate what righteousness is and the difference that comes with it. To have the Word simply sitting on a table, nightstand, or anywhere else helps you not. You must open it and read it for understanding, to appreciate all that God has done for us.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, Josiah immediately knew the book he had been gifted, and he also knew his forefathers had not read it or were obedient to it. Beloved, this day we must also show our own appreciation for the gift of God’s Word, that we are blessed to be able to read and understand its meanings and the responsibility that comes with it. As Christians, we are to share the blessing of the message of salvation for all, and that we can only do that by understanding it ourselves. Abba, open our eyes to your Word, open our ears and minds to understand it, and open our hearts that we would then share our Heavenly Father’s Word with all. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, in the Lord I do trust!

KNOWING GOD:

Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.” (Isaiah65:24)

Prayer will be an integral part of God’s new creation. In fact, it has been an integral part of God’s creation for a very long time. People used to look at prayer as one of God’s gifts to us and it truly is. Nowadays, people are looking for instant answers from God, and I submit to you He still answers them, only we don’t always like to answer. Sometimes the answer is yes; sometimes the answer is no; sometimes the answer is not yet. That one, people don’t like, as it takes time for us to be prepared for the answer to come to fruition.

The One who created the first will also provided the second. Those who, on earth, follow the Lord in faith shall fellowship with one another throughout eternity. Transformed natures will serve as the basis for spiritual communion. Those who oppose the Lord during their lifetime will not only cease from hindering Him and His people but will also suffer the humiliation and misery of defeat and hopelessness.

I AM:

“’Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me!’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones. In the whole land,’ declares the Lord, ‘two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will e left in it. This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like the silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’” (Zechariah13:7-9)

When the shepherd is struck down, the sheep scatter. The New Testament fulfillment of this even came when Jesus died (Mt 26:31; John 16:32). Today sheep may also stray from he Shepherd and be disobedient to His leading.

Judgment is meant to cleanse and purify. When judgment is complete, God restores a remnant of His people who have been refined in the fires of judgment. These people call on the name of the Lord as God intended. It is the refined who demonstrate a genuine relationship with God. In that state, they will call on Him and own Him as their God. That call is assured an answer. Unanswered prayer may indicate we are unfaithful and need discipline and refining. God is always faithful, beloved.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.” (1stPeter1:17)

Prayer is a “calling” God. Prayer history began that way. Although we call on His as Father, we should do it reverently, without forgetting that He is also an unbiased Judge, faithful to His own character. Prayer is an awesome responsibility that should not be taken lightly.

The idea of God as both Father and Judge are perfectly compatible. The idea of God as Father sets for His loving, compassionate nature, but that does not mean that God is lax with us in what He expects of us. Neither does the idea of His being Judge mean that He is a harsh despot with no mercy, as some might picture Him. His is the perfect combination of just Judge and loving Father.

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