Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Thank God for the indescribable giftDuet 8:1-20
Vs 11. : Be aware that you don’t forget the Lord your God, failing to obey His commandments, His laws, and His decrees that I am giving you this day “.
We are in a Christmas season celebrating the birth of our Redeemer and Savior Jesus Christ. This is an event that turned and divided history into two before and after Christ. The season is the actual advent of life, light, and hope into our world of darkness. We were immersed in sin, lostness, pain, hopelessness, and God sent His son out of His love. When Christ took the flesh and was born in Bethlehem two thousand years ago “Immanuel” God with us became a reality. God became human and made His entry into this world and identified with the problems and situations of life He wrapped His glory up in the tenderness of a child and offered himself to be crucified. Simeon cried out after receiving the baby Jesus “My eyes have seen the salvation “. Christmas offers us eternal and abundant life. Jesus Christ is our hope for a world that is broken, battered, and suffering. If He has come first to serve us and not to be served, He is coming again, our hope, to judge us and give rewards as to our performances.
Because He is Immanuel, He is with us in all our situations, and we are created to praise Him and worship Him in every moment of our life. Therefore, our celebrations for Christmas do not end but they must continue all through our life till we breathe last. Just as the wise men sought Him let us also seek and worship Him where we are and under whatever circumstances, we are.
Here is today’s meditation God is warning the nation of Israel whom He had delivered from the bondage of the Pharoh, the danger of forgetting the Lord in good times of their life. It is true of us also as the greatest danger that we also step into is forgetting God in the summers of our life and going after other “Gods.” James 1:17 says Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above coming down from the father of Lights, with whom can be no variation either shadow that is cast by turning. “Psalms 103:2 says, “Bless Jehovah, O my soul and forget not all His benefits.”. It is all about remembering God and offering praises. The chapter ends with a dire warning to all of us about destruction and disaster if we follow other gods in our life. We will be wiped away from His presence and pushed to the lake of fire which is the abode of the Devil. Let us seek this wonderful counselor, prince of peace, and give room for Him to dwell in us from today and forevermore. Amen
Thank you, Lord, for your commandments and promises. Enable us to experience you and know you personally. Strengthen us to pursue holiness in life and lead a life worthy of your creation
Thought for the Day
Let us prepare our hearts to receive the King to our hearts and renew our commitments to obey His laws and statutes.
Dr. Thomas K Jose – The Mar Thoma Church Staten Island.