“The king sane this lament for Abner: ‘Should Abner have died as the lawless die? Your ankles were not bound, your feet were not fettered. You fell as one falls before wicked men.’ And all the people wept over him again. Then they all came and urged David to eat something while it was still day; but David took an oath, saying, ‘May God deal with me, be it ever o severely, if I taste bread or anything else before the sun sets!’” (2nd Samuel 3:33-35)
A lament is defined as a passionate expression of grief or sorrow. King David joined a vow to fast with his musical lament, and all the people took note of David’s actions and the fast, in evidence he had nothing to do with what had happened. David secretly planned to take action upon those guilty of murdering his son, but it would appear he was uninvolved.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, we seek Your forgiveness for the one who murdered innocent children and adults in and unprovoked action last week, and this Memorial Day, we seek to remember all those who died in service to our country in battle around the world. We forgive those who would kill another, even though we don’t understand the why’s are not always clear to us. We forgive, because it is the right thing to do in our Christian faith, and says more about us as followers of Jesus Christ, than those who perpetuate crimes against humanity. Today we continue to pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Faith keeps the person who keeps the faith.”
“O Lord you deceived me, and I was deceived; your overpowered me and prevailed. I am riduculed all day long; everyone mocks me.” (Jeremiah 20:7)
Obeying God may bring suffering under human persecution and ridicule. God’s call to obedience is not silenced. We must maintain confidence in His eventual victory in and through us. We must leave the timing and action to Him, fully trusting His timing.
“When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, ‘How long, Sovereign Lord, hold and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?’ Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.” (Revelation 6:9-11)
The deaths of Christian martyrs are precious enough to be likened to holy sacrifices. That a person has to die for faith in Christ is an evil caused by wicked persons who do not know the truth and who oppose God. They face eternal punishment, but the faithful martyrs will be rewarded.
God is especially tuned to the city of the persecuted. The answer here is a delay, not in blessedness but in revealing the justice of their cause. It costs to be faithful to our gospel witness and testimony. True evangelism brings persecution.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Then John’s disciples came and asked him, ‘How is ti that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?’ Jesus answered, ‘How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.” (Matthew 9:14-15)