“How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.”
In his trials, David is still able to see God’s goodness and the favor he bestows upon his people.
The saint must not judge his life and God’s treatment of him by what happens in a single day. Where can you identify God’s goodness in recent days?
#divine-goodness #Psalms #VOTD
“All the sinners among my people will die by the sword—
the ones who say, ‘Disaster will not come near, it will not confront us.’”
Many rebellious people among the Israelites denied the prophet’s message of judgment for the nation’s sins.
Even today some deny they will reap what they sow, or that Jesus will return to judge those who do good and who do evil, Gal 6.6-10; Rom 2.4-11; 2 Pet 3.3-15.
#denial #judgment #VOTD
“When Moses finished giving these teachings to the people, he said to them, ‘You must be sure to pay attention to all the commands I tell you today. And you must tell your children to obey completely the commands in this Law. Don’t think these teachings are not important. They are your life! Through these teachings you will live a long time in the land across the Jordan River that you are ready to take.'”
These were some of Moses’ last words to the people of Israel. He emphasized the importance of keeping God’s commandments. They meant life to Israel.
Jesus said the same thing in John 12.48-50 to his followers. We shouldn’t think that grace cancels obedience. How do people today diminish the importance of God’s commands?
#obedience #commandments #VOTD
““Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.”
Jesus opens the Sermon on the Mount with essential qualities of his people that make for a blessed, fulfilled, and satisfying life, a life approved by God. Making peace is what God does.
How can you make peace around you? What kind of peace should be promoted? Why does making peace mark one as God’s child?
#peace #Beatitudes #VOTD
“‘Because of the violence done to the oppressed, because of the painful cries of the needy, I will spring into action,’ says the Lord. ‘I will provide the safety they so desperately desire.'”
In a time of faithlessness, David appeals to the Lord and receives his promise of rescue.
The Christian’s safety is in his spiritual security. He will suffer persecution, but nothing can reach or destroy his heavenly inheritance.
#violence #safety #VOTD
“Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, ‘Ananias,’ and he replied, ‘Here I am, Lord.'”
When the Lord called Ananias to go teach Saul, the persecutor, he hesitated, but finally went. He was God’s instrument to bring a powerful proclaimer to Christ.
Christ won’t appear to us in a vision, but he calls Christians today to go and teach. What fears or concerns do you have that must be overcome? Where are the limits of your comfort zone?
#evangelism #calling #VOTD
“I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3.14 CSB
The apostle Paul uses his life as an example of the purpose and dedication that the Philippians should have. All else in life should be considered as trash, compared to this goal.
Describe in detail how you are pursuing the heavenly goal. Is it whole-hearted? Is it focused upon heaven and upon Jesus Christ? Is it single-minded? Are you using all God’s resources? Are you pursuing his mission?
#goal #heaven #VOTD