February 16: Psalm 50:1-6
Key Verse: Psalm 50:1
The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets.
For me, this introduction to this Psalm conjures up images from the Old Testament during the time when God was leading the Israelites out of Egypt. The power of God on display making sure nobody has any reason not to know how powerful God is and how much He cares for those in His charge – but also how He wants those in His charge to follow the rules!
I fear many people don’t realise just how Just God is, or what being Just means! It means we will not get away with anything because He does not overlook anything... So how can we hope to be forgiven if He cannot overlook anything. That is where the power and might of what Jesus did for us comes into view.
Jesus took on the blame for every little, big or bad thing we have done. He took on the blame for all those wrong-doing and separated us from the debt we owe as far as the East is from the West. In other words, God does not have to see any of the things we have done wrong because Christ have separated us from those things. We are presented as pure and innocent before God!
God’s power and might should never be overlooked. This goes for Christ, His Son and the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God too. Just as we see the power and might of God doing so many things in the desert for the Israelites, so too can Jesus and the Holy Spirit work in our lives. We live with the Holy Spirit who has all power just as God the Father has all power... just think on that a while...
Points to Ponder:
Do you keep close to Jesus?
Will you rely more on the power of the Holy Spirit today?
February 15: John 6:60-66
Key Verse: John 6:66
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
This is one of those sections of scripture where you will either wonder how they can even think like this, or you will totally relate to their feelings at the time. Maybe you are like the disciples who stood by Jesus, or maybe you have been like one of the others who walked away from Jesus. I know both sides because I have been there, walked away, but thankfully have found my way back again...
Jesus was not one to hold back the punches – He let the fly when people tried to trip Him up or tried to justify their own ways instead of upholding God’s ways. And when someone in authority throws a punch, many people turn their backs on them and walk away – we see this happening in many parts of the world right now where people are turning their backs on people in authority because they have been upset in some manner by them.
One way of looking at this is to put yourself in their shoes and try to figure out what you would do; not a “I should do this” but rather “what would I have done in those circumstances”
God continues to uphold the truth and sometimes we are faced with hard decisions because we have chosen our own paths of ease rather than standing with the difficult truth. Sometimes we have to make that hard decision which may well upset us or others around us, but we have to make it because we need to stand up with God’s truth rather than our own desires.
Points to Ponder:
Do you find it hard to keep being a Christian?
Will you hold out your hands and allow God to guide you?