ISAIAH 45:11-48:11 | EPHESIANS 4:1-16 | PSALM 68:19-35 | PROVERBS 24:3-4
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Isaiah continues to serve as the mouthpiece of the Lord who says these spectacular things to the children of Israel. What great love and affection this God must have for his people. He says:
3 “Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob,
all the remnant of the people of Israel,
you whom I have upheld since your birth,
and have carried since you were born.
4 Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Turning now to our reading of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, we find Paul gently encouraging his readers in this way: 1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
In addition to his constant exhortations to keep the peace, and treat each other with love, Paul urges them to grow in their spiritual walk of faith… ” 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
And then Paul goes on to use the analogy of a healthy human body when he says, 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
We turn now to look at our reading in the Psalms for the day, and I find the very first verse of this psalm so very comforting. David, the psalmist, says this:
19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,
who daily bears our burdens.
May it be that we also might join the psalmist in this refrain every day of our lives.
Finally, a few verses from the book of Proverbs wherein Solomon the wise king of Israel says these most profound words regarding what it takes to build a house and appoint it. May it be that each of us will take this to heart in our endeavors of homemaking:
3 By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;
4 through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.
May God bless the reading and reflection of His Word.