"A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation."
God shows us those rare individuals who take seriously their call to be perfect as God is perfect. They strive to be the best people they can be, and they do this by exemplifying love and sacrifice. God gives us these examples to prove that devotion to the Lord can be done. We, too, can walk in the steps of Christ, if we will only give ourselves totally to God. It means nothing more than giving to God what He has already given to us.
I want to walk in Your footsteps, Lord. Help me to be willing to share with others what I have been given. Teach me to use my time, my talents, my gifts, and my service to show Your glory. Amen.
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit —fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.
Blessed Lord Jesus, forgive when we fail- and we know our feet are swift to run toward evil. We are all spiritual rubber- neckers, who cannot pass a wreck without slowing down to take a look. Then we talk about it. Even our tesitmonies often glorify our sins in a perverse kind of way- confessions dwell on human sorriness- and our lips speak evil far too often.
Dear Lord Jesus quicken my heart and cleanse my lips. Let me think, say, and do only those things that will edify and bring grace, truth, and life. Let me be a fruitful branch that doesn't need so much pruning all the time. Let me heed the example of those brothers who have gone before, laying down their lives for our heritage of freedom and righteousness.
May our generation repent and do justice and show mercy. Heal our land, Blessed Lord. May our leaders not be like the stupid donkey that kicks and brays and does nothing productive. May they seek Your wisdom and lead as elders who speak a wise word in season.
We seek to love as You did Jesus. Fill us with Your Spirit and produce Your life of power and light in and through us.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
"I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God."
There comes a point where there are no more tears to cry. The sadness remains, but the waters dry up. It is in this calm after the storm that we can make sense of things. David cried unto the Lord often. He needed to vent the emotions and pressures that built up inside him. Being the king of a headstrong people was not easy. David experienced periods of intense joy, but also of excruciating heartache. He learned the value of a purging cry. In moments of desperation, David let down all his defenses to stand exposed before God. In those times, God was sure to come to him and offer David all the comfort he needed. In our times of desperation, the Lord will give us comfort, too.
Father, when there are no more tears to cry, Lord, fill me with Your peace and consolation, in Jesus' holy name and for Your glory, Amen.