by James, Andrade
Submitted: August 22, 2013
Today’s 1st reading is about Jephthah (Judges 11:29-39). He made a promise to the Lord that if God gave him vengeance he would sacrifice the first person out of his door when he got home. It turned out to be his one and only daughter. This scripture should remind us two things. First of all, be careful what you promise. The Lord never asked us to make “deals” with Him – only to be faithful. Jephthah made a deal with God and couldn’t (and didn’t) break it. The second thing to think about is that vengeance should never be our main desire. When we operate in sin, we beget consequences that probably are not going to be pretty. There is a price to pay when we actively seek out that which is not good.
The gospel reading (Matthew 22:1-14), Jesus tells the parable about the king who throws a wedding feast for his son, but nobody seems to want to come – they even killed some of the messengers. He must not have been a popular king, because who kills the king’s messengers without considering the price to pay. So the king takes vengeance upon those who defied him so greatly, and took in people from the streets to attend the feast because in the king’s eyes these were more worthy to attend. But one of these came in improperly dressed (not considering the price to pay) and he is bound and thrown out into the streets.
Bottom line today – don’t seek vengeance and be prepared to pay the price if you choose to go against the King of kings and His rules.
submitted today by Alika Cockett
“That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.’ But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.”
(1 Corinthians 2:9-10, NLT)
Who do you share your deepest secrets with? Most people only share their inner thoughts with those who are closest to them. People they trust. People they’ve gone through experiences with. Do you know who God share’s His secrets with? This passage goes on to say, “Who can know a man’s thoughts except his own spirit?” In other words, God’s Spirit knows His thoughts. As believers, His Spirit lives inside of us, revealing to us the heart and thoughts of God Himself.
God wants you to know what He thinks about you. He wants you to know about the plans He has for you. He wants to show you things you’ve never seen, heard about or even imagined. As a believer in Jesus, you are His child, but you are also His friend. He wants you as His closest companion. He wants to walk with you, talk with and share with you. What a wonderful, amazing thought – we can know God’s thoughts because we are one with Him. Open your heart and allow Him to share His deep secrets with you today.
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father in heaven, I am so humbled that You call me friend. I am honored to be connected with You and invite You to share Your heart with me. I surrender all that I am to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.