THURSDAY 3RD JANUARY, 2019
THEME: GO WITH GOD 2
TEXT: PSALM 37:1-9
1. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 2. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. 3. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 7. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. 8. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. 9. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
By nature, God created humans with abilities and power to make things happen –‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over …’ Genesis 1:28 NKJV. So we are not dummies and robots to be remote controlled. God has given us brain to think and strength to work. We also have ability to sleep –rest, and wake up –to be active. Hence, you do not require God to raise your legs for you to walk neither raise your hands to work. Does it mean that we do not need God anymore? No!
As Nicodemus acknowledged in our passage (John 3:1-8) on Tuesday, Jesus Christ manifested divine authority by His deeds, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him” (John 3:2 NKJV). Though Jesus is one with God the Father and God in human flesh, He acknowledges Him and did nothing of His own.
It is therefore an act of worship to commit our ways to God and ask Him to GO WITH US. Though God has provided us with everything we need to become great and prosper, it is an act of worship to acknowledge Him and do all things to His glory. God has the power to pull the string at any time if we think that we have so much powers by ourselves. Remember how the Lord pulled down the Tower of Babel, the first sky scrapper in our world, Genesis 11:1-9. And in our world, we have seen Nations rise and fall, men and women rise and fall, at God’s stroke.
We should therefore let God be our guide as we embark on our businesses, work, travel and academics in this New Year and be sure, ‘Your righteousness will shine like the dawn and justice of your cause like the noonday sun.’
HYMN: EMHB 610
1: LEADER of faithful souls, and Guide
Of all that travel to the sky,
Come and with us, even us, abide,
Who would on Thee alone rely,
On Thee alone our spirits stay,
While held in life’s uneven way.
2: Strangers and pilgrims here below,
This earth, we know, is not our place;
And hasten through the vale of woe,
And, restless to behold Thy face,
Swift to our heavenly country move,
Our everlasting home above.
3: We have no abiding city here,
But seek a city out of sight;
Thither our steady course we steer,
Aspiring to the plains of light,
Jerusalem, the saints’ abode,
Whose founder is the living God.
4: Patient the appointed race to run,
This weary world we cast behind;
From strength to strength we travel on
The new Jerusalem to find;
Our labour this, our only aim,
To find the new Jerusalem.
5: Through Thee, who all our sins hast borne,
Freely and graciously forgiven,
With songs to Zion we return,
Contending for our native heaven;
That palace of our glorious King,
We find it nearer while we sing.
6: Raised by the breath of love divine,
We urge our way with strength renewed;
The church of the first-born to join,
We travel to the mount of God,
With joy upon our heads arise,
And meet our Captain in the skies.
PSA. 37:5-6 ‘Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun’ (NIV).
PRAYER: O Eternal Pity, I commit all my life and ways to you for guidance in Christ’s name. Amen
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