“God said to Moses; ‘I AM WHO I AM.’ This is what you are to say to the Israelites. ‘I AM” has sent me to you.’ God also said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites, The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation. ‘Go assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said I have watched over your and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land flowing with milk and honey.’” (Exodus 3:14-17)
Some petition is inquiry. Moses’ inquiry led to the revelation of God’s self-identity in His self-existence. Beloved, God takes the initiative in salvation. He gave His divine name to Moses at Sinai, along with His plan for deliverance for His people.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You have given us one of the greatest gifts to communicate with you, and that is simply called prayer. Our prayer lives ought to be filled with prayer often and it is okay to seek Your wisdom on specific matters. By keep a close relationship with you, we have a greater sense of Your will in all things, and it also honors our relationship with You. It is in Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“A diamond is a piece of coal that stuck to its job.”
“He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out in a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” (2nd Samuel 22:17-20)
David gave God credit for rescue from his enemies. We do not have to stand on tiptoes and strain to have fellowship with God. God takes the initiative in saving us. God knows our hurts and heartaches, our successes and failures, before we even know them; and yet, He considers us giving honor to Him to bring them to Him in our prayers. This is the value of our relationship with Him, that He loves us and wants to care for us, even if we are going through times of hardship to learn to depend upon Him in good times and not so good times.
“Remember this: ‘Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.’” (James 5:20)
God wants the saved to warn sinners about their errors, because the wages of sin is death, and should be done not in a judgmental way, but with compassion and love. One of the ways God takes the initiative in salvation is by providing saved persons who war the lost. Some interpreters take the sins covered to be those of the warner, but this has not basis in other Scriptures. Jesus approached everyone and taught to reach out to them in love and compassion, as He did in His own example for all to see.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“To give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Luke 1:77-79)
God expresses salvation in many ways in individual lives—deliverance, refuge, rest, hope, blessing. The basic expression of salvation brought through Jesus is forgiveness, the taking away of our load of guilt and giving us freedom to reach the full potential God created in us. You might say, how can we forgive someone, and the answer is simple, we are all sinners and fall short of God’s glory. If we have been forgiven our sins, then we should also be willing to forgive others theirs as well. This doesn’t me their sins are forgiven by us, but that we are willing to show compassion towards other sinners. If God forgives them, should we not also show understanding by treating them as fellow Christians walking on the road to the kingdom?
Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, connected the coming of Jesus Christ with the prophecies of Isaiah 9:2; 11:1. Christ is the Light of the world who delivers His people from the darkness of sin and evil. Therefore, part of that Light is fellow sinners who have also been forgiven and it then becomes part of our call to serve the Lord by reaching out to others with the Good News of salvation.