“Is there anyone among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?”
In the sermon on the mount, Jesus makes an argument from the lesser to the greater. Humans take care of their children. God will certainly take care of his by answering their prayers.
What “good things” have you asked God for? Do you know what is really good and what you should ask for?
#prayer #God #VOTD
“You reprimand arrogant people. Those who stray from your commands are doomed.”
The Old Testament looked positively upon the law of Moses, because it brought the people life and prosperity. The Jews of Jesus’ day misused it, so both the Lord and the apostles inveighed against its abuse.
How do people misuse the gospel of Christ today?
#law-of-Moses #commandments #VOTD
“Shemaiah the prophet visited Rehoboam and the leaders of Judah who were assembled in Jerusalem because of Shishak. He said to them, ‘This is what the Lord says: “You have rejected me, so I have rejected you and will hand you over to Shishak.”‘ The leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, ‘The Lord is just.'”
2 Chronicles 12.5-6
The king and people of Judah abandoned the law of God, v. 1. As a result, the king of Egypt assembled a large army to come up against them, vv. 2-4. Shemaiah proclaimed God’s judgment. God treats man as man treats God.
Even when God disciplines us, do we say that God is just? Or do we complain that he is unfair?
#God #2Chronicles #VOTD
“Therefore be alert, remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning each one of you with tears.”
The apostle Paul met the Ephesian supervisors to warn them about dangers they would face. He reminded them of his example among them. That example still should serve to keep them alert.
What examples and reminders have we received that should keep us alert against departures from the faith?
#Acts #alert #VOTD
“I commission you as my spokesman; I cover you with the palm of my hand, to establish the sky and to found the earth, to say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’”
God called his servant to create a new universe: transform Israel to be his true people. The three infinitives refer to the same work that God does through his servant.
God uses his servants for cosmic effect, though they may not see it. Have you answered his call to serve him by being his spokesperson?
#Isaiah #service #VOTD
“They also asked them, ‘What are the names of the men who are building this edifice?’”
The regional governor wanted to stop the temple construction. They asked who authorized them to rebuild it and wanted their names, “in order to inform” King Darius, v. 10. The king’s reply (Ezra 6) must have shocked them.
The names of saints who are reviled by the world are written in the book of life. How are you building up the Lord’s church?
#names #work #VOTD
“The people were in suspense about John. Everyone wondered if he might be the Messiah. John addressed them all, saying, ‘I, indeed, immerse in water, but one is coming who is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to untie his sandal strap. He will immerse you in the Holy Spirit and fire.'”
Luke 3.15-16 LOR
John the immerser was not the promised Messiah. But people wondered. John pointed to another. He gave them the sign of the Christ, coming in power and judgment.
Many people today wonder about Christ. Like John, we point them to the truth about him. What do you say about him?
#John-the-Baptist #Jesus #VOTD
“Do I actually delight in the death of the wicked, declares the Sovereign Lord? Do I not prefer that he turn from his wicked conduct and live?”
The God of the Old Testament was just as good and gracious as the God of the New. They are the one and same God, contrary to the opinion of many. He is also as holy and fearful as he ever was.
What are some other wrong views of God? Why do people create such ideas about God?
#God #repentance #VOTD
“A naive person believes everything,
but the shrewd person discerns his steps.”
Proverbs rails against those who believe in nothing, v. 9, and those who believe everything. Better to consider careful what is true and right.
Religion has always been full of fake news, or false doctrines. Who can we depend upon to tell us the truth?
#naivete #wisdom #VOTD
“They closed the doors of the temple porch and put out the lamps; they did not offer incense or burnt sacrifices in the sanctuary of the God of Israel.”
2 Chronicles 29.7
In this sad statement, Hezekiah reminded the Levites why God punished their fathers. Instead of keeping the covenant and obeying the Lord, they had other ideas.
How do people close the doors today when they follow their own ideas and fail to serve God?
#disobedience #covenant #VOTD
“The Israelites did all the work according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses. Moses inspected all the work – and they had done it just as the Lord had commanded – they had done it exactly – and Moses blessed them.”
God gave Israel a pattern for worship. He did not allow them to approach him according to their own ideas. When they built the tabernacle and did the work as he directed, they were blessed.
God has a pattern for the church as well. What aspects of the church’s pattern bring a blessing?
#pattern #worship #VOTD
“My intercessor is my friend
as my eyes pour out tears to God;
and he contends with God on behalf of man
as a man pleads for his friend.”
In the midst of his pain, Job looked to heaven, v. 19, for help. He seems to sense that there is someone who will witness to his righteousness, who will help him before the Creator. He was not wrong, even though he had little idea.
We know him who intercedes for us. The Lord Jesus Christ was sent by the Father. He even now serves in this function. What difference does this truth make in the way you talk to God?
#intercession #Jesus #VOTD
“The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is blessed forever, knows I am not lying.”
2 Corinthians 11.31
Paul appealed to God as witness and judge. Only God knows a person’s heart and true motives. For this, he should be praised, since he judges rightly.
God sees our weakness, v. 30, and comes to our aid. How do you glory in God’s knowledge of your weakness?
#weakness #God #VOTD
“Go! I am sending you out like lambs surrounded by wolves.”
When the Lord Jesus sent the 72 disciples ahead of himself, he warned them of opposition. But that warning was not to keep them from going, but to be prepared to face it.
What excuses do people give today for not going and fulfilling Christ’s mission?
#Great-Commission #VOTD #persecution
“Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, he likewise shared in their humanity, so that through death he could destroy the one who holds the power of death (that is, the devil), and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death.”
By his incarnation and death, Jesus broke the power of the devil to destroy man. Now, we no longer need to fear death, because Jesus has conquered it.
What aspects of death causes dread or fear in people?
#death #fear #VOTD