Readings: Romans 16:17-20, Psalm 128, Isaiah 55:6-9, Proverbs 15:16, and Matthew 5:6
Encouragement: Of all the words used in Christianity, I believe righteousness is one of the most difficult things to grasp. I say this not because it’s impossible but because we read in scripture about the great men and women of old like David and Deborah and compared to them, our walk is anemic. The thing is, what we do not understand about scripture is that there is more to every story told than what the writer has relayed. Additionally, many of the stories were put into print years after the death of the individual. So why is this? Mike’s theory is that the Holy Spirit wants us to finish the story through life experience. So being “righteous” doesn’t mean “never having made a mistake”, it means that we are doing the best we know how to with the cards we are handed. You see we all make mistakes in judgment and so we learn from them and rely on G-d’s grace to connect the distance between our failings and the people who relied on us.
You are from all eternity, from all ages past to future ages. You have seen the rise and fall of many good people across the ages and you loved them dearly. When I consider the life of David, Solomon, Hezekiah, and many others, I see a common trend in that they were imperfect people in the hands of Holy and Just G-d. You do not pick people for ministry based on “perfect fit” but not availability, faithfulness, and obedience. Please help me today to be obedient to what you ask of me so that lives will continue to be blessed and encouraged through this ministry. I pray over the trouble that is spreading across Europe and the known world that you will bring this to an end in your time. I pray for the peace in the US and across the world. I pray for those who have lost loved ones in the recent uptick in violence. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
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