Monday, November 18, 2019

God Stands Behind The Poor: Meditation For The 21st Sunday After Trinity

The wise teachers of Israel mostly grounded their teachings on the duties and works of charity on the doctrine that: “Behind the poor, Yahweh their Creator and Lord himself is standing”. This means that the people’s attitude to God will be reflected in their attitudes to the poor, or rather that the people’s attitude...

He Who Thinks That He Stands…: Meditation For The Twentieth Sunday After Trinity

“Pride”, they say, “goes before fall.” “...One who puts on his armour should not boast like one who takes it off.” (1Kgs 20:11). Starting a venture like the Christian race is one thing; and ending it triumphantly is another thing. In spiritual matters, we may stand or fall depending on our union with God. Some...

The Devil’s Mission: Meditation For The Ninteenth Sunday After Trinity

The Devil is a real entity and not simply the figurative embodiment of evil (2 Cor. 11: 3; Rev. 12: 9). A study of such passages as Rev. 12; 1 Jn 3:8; I Pet. 5: 8-9 and Jn 10: 10 throws light on the background of the devil and what he is out to...

The Suffering Of The Righteous: Meditation For The Eighteenth Sunday After Trinity

The question of how a good God can allow the righteous to suffer has puzzled saints and pleased sceptics over the centuries. Many Christians today seem to think that faith in God comes with a guarantee of freedom from adversity. In fact, too many of our evangelistic appeals are tainted with the false promise (implied or...

Remember God: Meditation For The Seventeenth Sunday After Trinity

Many people claim to believe in God. Indeed all Christians do. But for many, God is removed or transcendent or far above in heaven to be fully involved in their affairs. To believe in God is one thing, and to daily live with the consciousness of that belief is another thing. In practice, many...

God’s Ways Are Different From Man’s Ways: Meditation For The Sixteenth Sunday After Trinity

There are several places in scripture where God’s ways and wisdom are contrasted with man's ways and wisdom. They include as follows: Isaiah 55:8-9 – ‘"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways," says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways...

What God Requires Of A Man: Meditation For The Fifteenth Sunday After Trinity

"And now, O Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and...

The Writing On The Wall: Meditation For The Fourteenth Sunday After Trinity

‘The writing on the wall’ has come to be a phrase or idiomatic expression widely used in language and literature as a portent of doom or misfortune. The phrase originated from the historical content of the reading of today. Last week, we learnt that, for guidance and entering into well-being, the people of the Lord...

Following In The Master’s Steps: Meditation For The Thirteenth Sunday After Trinity

The Jewish disciples of Jesus time were called followers because they literally followed their masters who went ahead of them. The best follower was the one who observed the master’s footsteps and followed in them. As Christians, we are disciples and followers of our Master, Jesus Christ. He came from heaven, became man and has...

God Is Able To Deliver Those Who Trust In Him: Meditation For The Twelfth Sunday After Trinity

The Psalmist says it quite well: "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God." In the troubles and tribulations of this world, there is always the temptation to trust in other things than God. But, God is able to deliver those who trust...

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