“Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, ‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And Blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.’” (Genesis14:18-20)
Blessing is God’s constant provision of daily needs through His invisible presence in our lives. Prayer for blessing is a recognition of God as the provider of food, health, work, and all other available resources.
Worship involves asking God for blessings, acknowledging His blessing, and blessing Him or praising Him for being the Source of all blessings.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, this lesson from Genesis is one we need to continually remember in our everyday lives. You could show Yourself, but instead You remain invisible to our eyes. You are not asking for us to acknowledge Your visible self; rather, You are asking us to see You with our hearts, that assure us it is You alone, that blesses us, because we are Your creation and You desire a daily relationship with You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Wisdom doesn’t ‘come with age’ – it ‘comes with the walk.’” (Psalm27:11)
“Also the royal officials have come to congratulate our lord King David, saying, ‘May your God make Solomon’s name more famous than yours and his throne greater than yours!’ And the king bowed to worship on his bed and said, ‘Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has allowed my eyes to see a successor on my throne today.’” (1st Kings1:47–48)
The royal servants congratulated (Hebrew – barak, ‘bless’) King David by wishing God’s direction on Solomon. Such a blessing recognized David as the earthly source of the happy events and expressed appreciation to him as well as desire for God’s blessing on Solomon.
“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, in whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Galatians 1:3–5)
Paul’s opening greeting set the tone for his way of life, being sent by the Risen Christ, to do His will in all that he said and did. It also closes with a doxology. Jesus’ basic identification for the Christian is as the One who died for our sins, rescuing us from the evil and death of this world to experience eternal life. Jesus has completed the rescue effort. We need to trust Him for our salvation.
Human sin has corrupted the world and brought God’s curse on it. This does not mean the world is totally corrupt and beyond hope. In Christ Jesus, God has brought hope. Christ’s church is the leaven of good seeking to change the world. Even in the evil world, revelation of God shines through.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him tough them, but the disciples rebuked them. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not received the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’” (Mark10:13-16)
My home church (the church that I was sent to seminary from) used to have a picture of Jesus sitting on a rock smiling, and children were circling around him hand in hand, and the symbolism of Mark’s lesson is clear to see in the picture. I wish I had that picture, though I have a pencil drawing I described to an artist friend hanging in my office now.
Way too many people do not understand what Mark is saying in chapter 10. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” The reason I say people don’t understand this statement, is that they are attempting to “work” there way into heaven! You see, it’s about accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, that He has done all that is necessary, but we have to accept Him as our Savior, and then any works we do from that point on, honor our relationship with Him. We must make this choice on our own and we will be so filled with His love, that our “cup” will truly overflow. Understand? I pray so.