Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor honors him.
~ Proverbs 14:31 [NLT]
God cares about the poor, oppressed and needy. He is a God of justice. We please our Maker when we show kindness to those in need. Find one practical way to show compassion towards someone in your life today.
THE LORD CARES FOR THE NEEDY
Deuteronomy 15:11; Proverbs 14:31; Proverbs 19:17; Isaiah 25:1,4
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You
I pray that you may have a heart of compassion for the poor and needy. As the Lord loves them, may you also show the same love by extending kindness to those in need. I pray that you will be open handed toward the poor and needy around you. May you learn to look beyond your own situation, and be sensitive to the needs of others. I pray that you will receive God’s promise of a reward to those who are kind to the poor.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Anger is a hard emotion to shake, especially when you replay it in your mind like a broken record player. Thinking through past hurts does no good and only allows bitterness to grow. When you find those thoughts running through your head, take a higher road. Don’t just tolerate or manage the situation, confront it head on.
“And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.”
~ Zech 3:1
It is the object of Satan to keep those secure who are safe in his hands; nor does God see fit to disturb their quiet. But on the other hand, where Satan perceives a work of grace going on, where he sees the eyes sometimes filled with tears, where he hears the sobs heaving from the contrite heart, where he observes the knees often bent in secret prayer, where his listening ear often hears the poor penitent confess his sins, weaknesses, and backslidings before God, (for by these observations we have reason to believe Satan gains his intelligence,) wherever he sees this secret work going on in the soul, mad with wrath and filled with malice, he vents his hellish spleen against the objects of God’s love. Sometimes he tries to ensnare them into sin, sometimes to harass them with temptation, sometimes to stir up their wicked heart into desperate rebellion, sometimes to work upon their natural infidelity, and sometimes to plague them with many groundless doubts and fears as to their reality and sincerity before a heart-searching God.
So that while those who have no work of grace upon their hearts at all, are left secure, and free from doubt and fear, those in whom God is at work are exercised and troubled in their minds, and often cannot really believe that they are the people in whom God takes delight. The depths of human hypocrisy, the dreadful lengths to which profession may go, the deceit of the carnal heart, the snares spread for the unwary feet, the fearful danger of being deceived at the last—these traps and pitfalls are not objects of anxiety to those dead in sin. As long as they can pacify natural conscience, and do something to soothe any transient conviction, they are glad to be deceived.
But, on the other hand, he that has a conscience tender in God’s fear knows what a dreadful thing it is to be a hypocrite before God, to have “a lie in his right hand,” and be deluded by the prince of darkness; and therefore, until God himself with his own blessed lips speaks with power to his conscience, and establishes him in a blessed assurance of his saving interest in Christ by “shedding abroad his love in his heart,” he must be tried and exercised in his mind, he must have these various tossings to and fro, for this simple reason—because he cannot rest satisfied except in the personal manifestations of the mercy of God.
My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”
~ PSALM 27:8
The Glory of God
When Ezekiel saw it, he had to bow.
It encircled the angels and starstruck the shepherds in the Bethlehem pasture.
Jesus radiates it.
John beheld it.
Peter witnessed it on Transfiguration Hill.
Christ will return enthroned in it.
Heaven will be illuminated by it.
It gulfstreams the Atlantic of Scripture, touching every person with the potential of changing every life. Including yours. One glimpse, one taste, one sampling, and your faith will never be the same . . . Glory.
To seek God’s glory is to pray, “Thicken the air with your presence; make it misty with your majesty. Part heaven’s drapes, and let your nature spill forth. God, show us God.”
What the word Alps does for the mountains of Europe, glory does for God’s nature. Alps encompasses a host of beauties: creeks, peaks, falling leaves, running elk. To ask to see the Alps is to ask to see it all. To ask to see God’s glory is to ask to see all of God. God’s glory carries the full weight of his attributes: his love, his character, his strength. . . .
Every act of heaven reveals God’s glory. Every act of Jesus did the same.
~ IT’S NOT ABOUT ME
Father, we ask you to show us your glory. Open our eyes to behold your majesty and your powerful presence in our lives. May these glimpses of your glory change our lives forever. We want to keep our eyes on you as we try to live your holy best. We pray that every detail in our lives—words, actions, thoughts—would bring glory to you. Our goal is to bring honor to your glorious name. We celebrate you, amen.
They shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD.
~ PSALM 138:5
Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne.
~ REVELATION 5:13
God is great, and we do not know Him; nor can the number of His years be discovered.
~ JOB 36:26