|Daily Office Readings for 6 February 2019 |
AM Psalm 72; PM Psalm 119:73-96 Isa. 54:1-10(11-17); Gal. 4:21-31; Mark 8:11-2
Though the wicked lie in wait for me to destroy me, I will apply my mind to your decrees. (Psalm 119:95)
It is a hard thing to do when we are tormented or in any way unjustly treated by those who want to cause us harm or punishment. I have read stories where prisoners of war would turn to Bible Study to take their minds off their troubles. The Psalmist chooses to not focus on his unfair treatment but rather look at, and study God’s plan for all humanity and how we should all live together in harmony.
I can’t imagine trying to think of the love of God while undergoing pain and suffering. But perhaps going to such a happy place is the only resolve that will either get one through it in this life, or will carry one on to the next with the least amount of hell.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people.
“If anyone stirs up strife, it is not from me; whoever stirs up strife with you shall fall because of you.” (Isaiah 54: 15)
I have often heard people misinterpret 1 Corintians 10:13 (No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.)
I would argue that the temptation Paul speaks of to the Corinthians starts from a desire within the person which is different from the Isaiah’s strife caused by another person or persons against us that has nothing to do with God. As God says in the Isaiah reading “If anyone stirs up strife, it is not from me;” But God tends to help us get out of messes that people put us in.
God visits the oppressed and then looks back on the perpetrators and brings them down because of the evidence of the misery they caused. God is so good. And says vengeance if mine. (Romans 12:19) So God does not cause us harm or injustice but rather it is our fellow human beings. But in our prayers we can always ask God to look at what is happening to us and come to our aid. God did not cause our trouble but God can fix it. Thank you Jesus!
“Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.” (From the 3rd verse of Praise to the Lord)
This evening at our Healing Service we will remember the Martyrs of Japan. I want to share something very important about the Christian Faith that amazed me.