Sunday Meditation – GOD’s Goodness

PRAYER, FASTING and CONFESSION OF SINS:

They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession and in worshiping the Lord their God. – Nehemiah 9:3

God’s goodness never fails. Although He gets angry with us – due to our sins, He still longs to forgive and restore us. Israelites sinned against God many times and yet, God forgave them. He not just forgave them, but blessed them with good things!

Nehemiah 9:6-37 is an account of a long prayer by the repentant Israelites, which they submitted with a lot of anguish in their hearts. They not only confessed their sins, but acknowledged God’s goodness as well.

You have kept your promise because you are righteous. – 8

By day you led them with a pillar of cloud, and by night with a pillar of fire to give them light on the way they were to take. – 12 (Also in Exodus 13:21)

But you are a forgiving God,gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. – 17

For forty years you sustained them in the wilderness; they lacked nothing,their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen. – 21

When they cried out to you again, you heard from heaven, and in your compassion you delivered them time after time. – 28

They sinned against your ordinances, of which you said, ‘The person who obeys them will live by them. – 29

Now this is something to take note of – Obedience has a reward. We live by our obedience.

For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you warned them through your prophets. Yet they paid no attention, so you gave them into the hands of the neighboring peoples. – 30

God is patient with us. He doesn’t abandon us so quickly.

But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God. – 31

Fix Your Thoughts On Jesus

For this reason he (Jesus) had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. – Hebrews 2: 17-18

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. – Hebrews 3: 1

JESUS was tempted and He suffered just like us, because He was fully human in every way! This is something to mull over – If God had come on His own to save the world, it would have been difficult for us to relate to Him – We could have never managed to come close to His splendor and power. Therefore, He sent His Son, Jesus in human form, so that we could relate to Him and follow His Holy ways.

Since our sins are now forgiven, all we need to do is ‘fix our thoughts on Jesus’ – His sacrifice, His wounds, His blood, His love and His Holiness.

See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily,as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. – Hebrews 3: 12-13

Sunday Meditation – She Is Worth Far More Than Rubies

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. – Proverbs 31: 10-11

A woman who’s loved by God is far more precious than rubies. She can be anybody among us – anybody who obeys God and walks in His ways. Such a woman is a blessing and honor to her husband and family.

She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. – 20

The precious woman of the Lord is generous. She is always ready to help those in need.

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. – 25-26

She’s known to be noble because she has her strength and dignity in place. She’s confident. She has no fear of any unforeseen circumstance, because she conducts her affairs justly. She walks in Godly wisdom. She abides in the Lord and never follows the crooked ways of the world.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. – 30

Her beauty lies in her submission to God and His love. For the beauty of outer appearance is going to fade one day, but the grace of God is everlasting.