Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Difference and Dignity of all Creation
“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” Psalm 37:25
Life is a beautiful journey where the only constant is change. Every stage of life has its own difficulties, but God commands us to pursue his righteousness in all of them. In the passage for today’s devotion, we will be exploring God’s promise to those that seek him and remain righteous in his eyes. A famous quote from Hellen Keller states “character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” This is particularly applicable to our faith journey; the true test of our faith and character occurs when we face adversity. In fact, the most typical practice among Christians is to compare our experiences to those of someone we consider to be a sinner. Throughout the Bible, God offers kindness to his creatures and reminds them of the dignity he bestows on them. We can draw parallels when seeking God's righteousness; we should pray for our trespassers and others who are on the wrong path. Simultaneously, be certain that the Lord responds to those who seek him. Psalm 37 is a poignant reminder to us that, while difficulties are unavoidable and the wicked appear to be thriving, we must maintain our confidence in God because deliverance is promised to those who seek him.
Being critical of others is a natural human tendency. It could happen because the opposing party has damaged us beyond the scope of words, because they disagree with our understanding of the Bible, or because they are at fault either legally, socially, or in both circumstances. As Christians, we are encouraged to keep acting in ways that please the Lord. In Matthew 6:33, God says, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." And showing grace in the face of difference and adversity is part of seeking his kingdom.
All of God's creation is valuable, regardless of our social status. God sacrificed his own son on the cross to preserve our dignity. Despite our sinful state, salvation is offered to us through the blood of Christ. People frequently attempt to interpret the Bible in ways that suit their own tastes, but if we are seeking God's will, we will first approach the Bible and seek the counsel it provides for living. Psalm 37 exhorts us to remain righteous in the eyes of the Lord and to maintain our emphasis on his truth, for the Lord will not abandon them.
Lord, we pray that we can seek you first in our lives. We pray that we can show the grace that you have shown us to others as well. We pray that your word becomes our guiding force. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Thought for the Day
“But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed and is attested by the Law and the Prophets, the righteousness of God through the faith of Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction.” Romans 3:21-22
Long Island Mar Thoma Church, New York.