In the midst of COVID-19, these chapters today are such a reminder that God is bigger than what we fear and what is in the world. As today is a day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus may we be reminded that our strength is in Christ.
Today’s Reading: Chapter 11, 12, and 13
Chapter 11- Faith In God’s Righteousness
Verses 01-03 pose the question, “Why are we fearful when we put our trust in God even if evil surrounds us?”
Verses 04-07 answer that God sees everything. He tests the sons of men, and He tests the righteous ones. But He hates wickedness and the wicked have their reward, which is punishment. God loves righteousness and therefore His countenance upholds the upright.
Chapter 12 -The Godly Man Ceases
Verses 01-04 A cry out for the Lord because those who are godly are not many. Instead many people speak with flattering lips and a double (hypocritical) heart. This prayer is that those who speak idly with flattering lips are cut off because these speakers are prideful and they think that with their words they will prevail.
Verses 05-08 God hears the oppression of the poor and needy. His words are pure and compared to silver tried in a furnace that is purified seven times. Though the wicked prowl on every side God is our safety.
Chapter 13- How Long Will The Enemy Be Exalted? Trusting In God.
Verses 01-04 question the Lord. How long must I wait, David asks. How long will the enemy prevail? David is sorrowful and he asks for the Lord to open his eyes to the truth. He doesn’t want his enemy to rejoice in knowing that David is troubled.
Verses 05-06 are similar to Jeremiah in Lamentations. David reminds himself that his trust is in God and His mercy. That his heart rejoices in God’s salvation. He will sing to the Lord because God has dealt bountifully with him.
Chapters 11-13 | Attributes Of God
- He is trusting
- God sees everything that happens
- God tests the righteous
- God hates the wicked and those who love violence
- Upon the wicked, He rains coals, fire, brimstone, and a burning wind
- He loves righteousness
- He upholds the right
- God cares for the oppression of the poor and needy
- His words are pure
- He is merciful
- He gives salvation
What To Take Away: The time I write this COVID-19 is very much taking over the whole world. It has changed lives. It has stripped us from the illusion of control and shown us how helpless we really are. Many wonder where is the Lord during this time? But the truth is He has never left. We are the ones who thought we had more control than we actually did.
It is clear that God wants to strengthen His people through trials. He wants us to be refined in the same way His words are pure, silver purified seven times. Our strength and our trust need to be in Him, not in ourselves, and not in the world. Despite uncertainty and evil, God’s eye is on the sparrow. He is watching, and He is not blind.
The Lord can use all things for His good, and we must turn to Him. Jesus is our answer. He died for us that we may die to sin. He transforms us from the inside out. We can grow in Christ and we can learn to let go of our fear and worry because Jesus needs to be our anchor. The time is now.
How do we keep our eyes on Him? Share scripture 🙂
Monthly Scripture- (NKJ) Psalm 85:04, “Restore us, O God of our salvation, and cause Your anger toward us to cease.”
Monthly Community Prayer– April 2020, – Join us in praying for one another, if you have requests let me know
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