“This is what the Lord says—-the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Concerning things to come, do you question me about my children, to give me orders about the work of my hands? It is I who made the earth and created mankind upon it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts. I will raise up Cyrus in my righteousness: I will make all his ways straight. He will rebuild my city and set my exiles free, but not for a price or reward, says the Lord Almighty.” (Isaiah 45:11-13)
God surprises His people by choosing unexpected people to reveal and carry out His will. He used Cyrus, a foreign conqueror, to be His anointed agent (see verse 1) to restore His people to the Promised Land. The Creator can use anyone from anywhere He chooses to bring about His historical purposes.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, yet another example of how You will, have, and will again use people from all backgrounds and faith, to see You will is done for the benefit of Your people. It is for this reason, that we praise Jesus’ precious name and that we pray Your will is done, Abba. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Salvation is free, but few there are who want to pay the price to keep it.”
“On that day, declares the Lord Almighty, ‘I will take you, my servant Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will make you like my signet ring, for I have chosen you,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” (Haggai 2:23)
Zerubbabel served as the governor of the returned exiles in Jerusalem. All accounts of Zerubbabel picture him as a righteous man who sought to please God. God uses faithful servant leaders to bless and guide His people. Such leaders do not assume leadership positions on their own. God chooses and calls His leaders.
“We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. ” (2nd Corinthians 4:10-11)
To live in discipleship with God is to experience the presence of the Spirit of God, whose fullness makes our lives reveal the death and the life of Christ. As followers indwelt by the Spirit of God, we are living witnesses of Jesus’ sacrifice and love and also of His power for eternal life.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:6-8)
Jesus sent His disciples to continue His ministry and thus be agents of God’s revelation. Preaching God’s kingdom brings revelation of God’s good new to people. Jesus described several actions which were ways to proclaim the kingdom. Beloved, what it is we are to do is reach out to those who have not heard the Good News, for whatever reason. Some may not have ever seen a Bible and you may be the Bible for them. Others may not have heard the Good News, because they didn’t want to, for a variety of reasons. Reach out to them with the love of Christ Jesus, and tell them. Some people seem to think we are to hold onto this message, but this is wrong. We are to share it with all we come into contact with, no matter where we are, but it is always to be delivered in love and compassion. I pray this is understood by all.