Meditation

04/26/2021

Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods you forefathers, worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods you forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua24:1415)

Every person faces ethical choices. The main choice is to serve God or serve something less than God. Ethical examples like Joshua encourage and strengthen us as we choose. Choosing to serve God means eliminating certain practices from our lives.

Joshua was faced with the challenge of settling the land God had given to Israel, with an unwavering choice of loyalty in their worship. The God who described Himself as a “jealous G” could have no rivals in their affection. As households in Israel, they must choose whom they would serve. Ultimately, the people joined Joshua in declaring their allegiance to the covenant with the Lord and committed themselves to Him. Beloved, God still desires families to make that commitment of home and shared life to Him. The questions is, have you and your family made this commitment? If not, why not?

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You have said You want to share a relationship with us, both in good and bad times and when we accepted You through Jesus, Your Son, we have agreed to share all with You. Through Your Spirit, remind us that You are always available to us, to hear our joys and our sorrows; our successes and even our failures. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

P.U.S.H – Pray Until Something Happens.

KNOWING GOD:

Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.” (Amos5:1415)

Biblical ethics begins with two basic principles: 1) negative, evil lifestyles should be reflected; and 2) peace or wholeness is the goal of life. One must proceed from rejecting evil to choosing and acting upon virtues which are positive. Peace (Hebrew – shalom) is the all-encompassing value. Peace represents a sufficiency in all areas of life so that satisfaction with the full life. Peace is more than the absence of conflict. It is the presence of all components of meaningful life. Peace does not come by passive waiting. Beloved, peace must be pursued!

When judgment is sure and wrath certain to afflict His people, God still issues the call to repent. God’s condemned people still have h ope because of His mercy (Hebrew – chanan) means to bow down to help. Except the grace of God, no one could stand before Him. Our obedience does not win His favor and guarantee deliverance. As the remnant, we must constantly look to His grace. Clear?

I AM:

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those w ho are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.” (Romans3:1920)

Law does not lead to salvation. Law makes us aware of our duty to God and our inability to fulfill that duty. Law lets us know we have failed God’s expectations and deserve the penalty—-death. Without imperatives showing God’s expectations, we would not be aware of our failures and would not understand our separation from Him.

The law of God does not provide a way to righteousness. It provides a mirror to reveal our sin. The more law we know the more we are conscious of what we have done wrong, not of what we have done right. Obeying laws will never lead to salvation—-trusting Christ will.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue ruler said to the people, ‘There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.’ The Lord answered him, ‘You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?’ When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.” (Luke 13:1417)

Would Jesus say the treatment of animals was unimportant? Not at all. Rather His point was that if the humane treatment of animals falls under the shadow of the moral law, how much more does the humane treatment of fellow human beings?

Where traditions have become so rigid and forgetful of people, those traditions need to be examined through the looking glass of the Gospels! Jesus didn’t break the law by healing the woman, He saw the suffering she had experienced for so many years and simply healed her. If that seems wrong, reread the Gospels again and get back to me!

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