Meditation

06/08/2022

She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, ‘This time I will praise the Lord.’ So she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children.” (Genesis 29:35)

Jacob had worked many years, supposedly to marry Rachel, but Laban gave Jacob, them Rachel. Leah bore Jacob four sons (Reuban, Simeon, Levi, and finally Judah), while Rachel bore him no children. Leah named the fourth son as Judah (Hebrew – yehudah) was intended to suggest the Hebrew word for “praise” (yehodeh), His very name was a prayer of gratitude. All of this made Rachel jealous of Leah and she offered Jacob her maidservant and she bore him a son.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, I lift up to you a young man who was being covered in exaggerations, and less than information about You and all gods, “if they exist,” and filling his head with information that simply was not true. I pray that young man, for he cannot make a decisions for You based on what he is being fed, and it puts him in mortal danger. I also pray for all people who listen to these less than honest sources of falsehoods, that someone will step forward and speak the truth of the salvation gospel, and keep away those who don’t know it either. It grieves me that I did not get to respond to the older man, but they got up and left before I could. Lord, help each of us to take the opportunities presented to us and use them as we are intended to take and dispel the false doctrine of non-believers. 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:

God doesn’t love us for who we are, but by what He knows we can be.”

KNOWING GOD:

May God deal with Abner, be it ever so severely, if I do not do for David what the Lord promised him on oath and transfer he kingdom from the house of Saul and establish David’s throne over Israel and Judah from Dan to Beerheba.” (2nd Samuel 3:9-10)

This is a vow that Abner attempted to carry out (vv 12-21). a vow made to accomplish God’s will is admirable, but a vow made in anger and jealously can be sinful.

I AM:

Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that ou may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” (1st Corinthians 7:5)

Human commitments in marriage can distract a person’s commitment to Christ. For some it is better not to marry than to get their lives so involved. On the other hand, because of the nature of human sexuality and its compelling force, marriage offers an opportunity to serve God as well. Paul expected married people to pray together, and in pre-marital counseling, it is not only mentioned, it becomes a focal point of the couples relationship with each other and with God.

2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that noting will hinder your prayers.” (1st Peter 3:7)

Within the context of an extended discussion of Christian submission, Peter instructed Christian wives to nonbelievers, devout behavior may influence he husbands to become Christians. Christian husbands are to demonstrated their self-giving love for their wives by honoring them and showing them respect, since together hey are partners in the grace of life. “Weaker’ in this context refers to women being physically weaker than men, nothing more.

The prayer of a husband and wife is important and must not be hindered by misunderstandings in the relationship. Thus, the physical strength of men should not become an obstacle to the joint humility required in any praying together, instead the strength of the couple’s faith in God and their relationship in marriage and their walks with Christ Jesus, reveals they are equally yoked.

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