Meditation

08/06/2021

To this day they persist in their former practices. They neither worship the Lord nor adhere to the decrees and ordinances, the laws and commands that the lord gave the descendants of Jacob, whom he named Israel. When the Lord made a covenant with the Israelites, he commanded them. ‘Do not worship any other gods or bow down to them. But, the Lord, who brought you up out of Egypt with mighty power and outstretched arm, to the one you must worship. To him you shall bow down and to him offer sacrifices. You must always be careful to keep the decrees and ordinances, the laws and commands he wrote for you. Do not worship other gods. Go not forget the covenant I have made with you, and do not worship other gods. Rather, worship the Lord your God; it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.’ They would not listen, however, but persisted in their former practices.” (2nd Kings 17:34-40)

Revelation even in written form does not help a people who are not committed to obey it. Keeping God’s covenant requires obedience to His commands and following His ways. We break the covenant when we reject God’s ways and follow the desires of our hearts. God’s covenant people worship Him and Him alone.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You have told us over and over again, but we still need to read Your Word and understand it’s meanings, and apply them to our daily lives. We may falter at times, but it is important to go before His throne of grace on our knees, confessing our sins to him with the desire not to recommit them, seeking His forgiveness. It is in Christ Jesus’ name that we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Beloved, service starts in your mind!”

KNOWING GOD:

This is what the Lord says—-your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only God had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Your descendants would have been like the sand, your children like its numberless grains; their name would never be cut off nor destroyed from before me.’” (Isaiah 48:17-19)

God committed to reveal Himself and His ways to His people. Though they refused to obey His revelation to Moses and the prophets, He willingly started over again bringing them out of the Exile. God wants His people to believe His revealed teachings lead to the best life possible in the Creator’s world. To leave Him is to lost the way. To follow Him is to find true peace and just living.

Obedience to God is rewarded individually and socially in he fruit of justice and righteousness. We do not have the just society we desire because we do not obey. Thus, God has to work in strange ways such as using Cyrus of Persia. God is working to create a people who will fulfill the promise to and mission of Abraham.

I AM:

Anyone who listens to the word, but does not do what it says is like man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—-he will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:23-25)

Revelation calls people to commitment. True understanding of God’s Word produces new behavior and attitudes. Without such commitment we have no personal identity. To know the Word and fail to to do it is to deceive oneself about personal security and a relationship to God. God wants us to have freedom is not freedom. Lack of law is confusion and lack of direction. God’s people find direction by studying God’s inspired Wore, learning it, and putting it into daily practice. This beloved, will develop our personal relationship with God and full understanding.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13:44-46)

God’s revelation in Jesus brought God’s kingdom to earth (4:17) forcing commitment for or against it. Commitment to the kingdom means willingness to sacrifice all possessions to be part of God’s controlling reign on earth.

Nothing is a valuable on God’s kingdom. It is like treasure hidden in a field, worth selling everything you own to purchase it. The joy of selling all for the kingdom of God is incomparable. No greater joy can come to persons than to become citizens of God’s kingdom. That is part of what it means to be saved. The kingdom of God is the ultimate value in life. Nothing compares with the joy, fulfillment, and significance of serving Christ. We must be ready to surrender everything which has worth to us so we may be part of God’s kingdom.

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