Meditation

11/23/2021

If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a moneylender; charge him no interest. If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, return it to him by sunset, because his cloak is the only covering he has for his body. What else will he sleep in? When he cries out to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.” (Exodus 22:25-27)

The people of God are to show compassion toward those who find it necessary to borrow money. Nothing is to be taken and kept as collateral that the persons needs for his or her well-being. God is compassionate and hears the cries of the needy. He expects us to be just as compassionate. We should strive to alleviate poverty, not cause it.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, many times you have been compassionate with me and my family, when we were struggling; yet, you put someone in our path that helped us out, not seeking to make money off of us, but merely said, “Help someone else out.” We are to be as compassionate as You are, to help others who are poor and struggling in their own lives. Help us to remember that while we cannot help everyone out, we can help some out and should do so respectfully and in a loving way. Let our worship then flow out of grateful hearts. This we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Breathe in God’s Spirit—-Exhale God’s’ love.”

KNOWING GOD:

‘Does it make you a king to have more and more cedar? Did not your father have food and drink? He did what was right and just, so all went well with him. He defended the cause of he poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what is means to know me?’ declares the Lord. But your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain, on shedding innocent blood and on oppression and extortion.’” (Jeremiah 22:15-17)

Beloved to know the Lord is to defend the poor and needy and treat them justly. God’s blessing rests upon those whose lives are characterized by such service. People in today’s times need the power and the blessing that come from knowing the Lord. To know God means to loving concern and hearts.

I AM:

The Lord enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: ‘It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder’s from the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?’ declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.” (Isaiah 3:14-15)

The people of God have been guilty of injustice and cruelty many times in their treatment of the poor. God confronts leaders of His people with their guilt an pronounces His judgment against hem. The people of today are still not free from such guilt. We need to hear God’s judgment on our behavior. The pulpits of today should allow no one to feel comfortable in their mistreatment of the poor. Christians must be challenged to provide loving care that is appropriate for followers of Christ. Non-Christians work to meet the needs of the poor, but as Christians ought to be leading the charge to help those who are poor and in desperate need of help. We are to live out our abundance in our church and individual lives, to make a difference always, not just for this generation, but for all future generations.

SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

As Jesus started on h is way, a man ran up to him and fell on h is knees before him. ‘Good teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ ‘Teacher,’ he declared, ‘all of the commandments I have kept since I was a boy.’ Jesus looked at the rich young man and said ‘One thing you lack.’ Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’” (Mark 10:17, 20, 21)

Jesus realized the young man’s idolatry of his possessions and revealed to him the obstacle God would have him overcome. Christ loved the man but confronted him with God’s will for single devotion to God. Revelation contains both gift and demand. The two cannot be separated.

Followers of Christ Jesus who commit their wealth to meet the needs of poor people will have riches in heaven. Such commitment removes wealth as an obstacle to receiving God’s eternal blessings. It reveals we value our relationship to God above our possessions. Those who make worldly wealth their treasure need not expect heavenly reward. They are not truly followers of Christ. It is on their lips, but not in their hearts and minds.

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