Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Prophetic Voice for the Persecuted Isaiah
1:10-20 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the
evil of your doings from before my eyes;cease to do evil,learn to do
good;seek justice,rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the
widow (Isaiah 1:16,17).
The prophet Isaiah ministered to Israel at a time when
society was marked by oppression of the poor, perversion of justice and
peace, and idolatry.
Though the people were offering sacrifices for forgiveness of sins, there
was no true feeling of repentance and transformation. Isaiah's message reminds
the people of God that repentance and sanctification are necessary for a
true relationship with God. That transformation should enable the
believer to pursue good, understand the needs of others, and to respond
creatively and positively.
We are living in a world where acts of intolerance, injustice,
violence,and discrimination are affecting humanity. Human rights are
being violated. Lives are being destroyed and lost. Human beings are
being treated as a commodity as opposed to being the precious creation of
Jesus Christ gave Himself as the ultimate and final sacrifice to us, on
the cross. Now it is up to us to offer our lives to him, and live as His
true followers, and as people of conviction and concern for the last,
least, and the lost, so that they can taste and see the goodness of God.
This is our witness and divine responsibility.
Do we recognize the needs of others? Can we hear the cry of the land? Let
us respond creatively and positively, for God's glory.
PRAYER Lord God, enable us to lead lives of repentance
and sanctification, so that humanity may come to know that you are God,
in such a way that we all transform, Amen. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY God speaks for the persecuted. Do we hear it? Christian
Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church