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GOD WEIGHS & KNOWS OUR HEARTS

Our reading for today from Isaiah 60-63 seems to have as its subject “Zion… those in Jacob who repent of their sins,” (59:20). We read in 60:3, 5: “Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn… Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.”  Is this speaking about a still future situation and glory for Israel that has not yet been fully realized? If anything, there seems to be a growing antagonism to Israel in present times, but will that change at some time in the future?

 Jesus quoted in his home town of Nazareth (Luke 4:18-19) from Isaiah 61:1-2a, and claimed that he was fulfilling this passage, but he did not quote 61:2b: “and the day of vengeance of our God.” Is that also still future? Various passages in Isaiah seem to speak of things that have not yet happened.

 Proverbs 24:11-12 also caught my attention: as we also know from James 4:17, we’re not only responsible for the things that we do, but sometimes we are also responsible for the things we fail to do! God weighs and knows our heart, Proverbs 24:12.

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IT IS LOVE

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.   Philippians 1:3-8 NASB

 

There is a video online of a woman who had been in a motorcycle accident. She is sitting in the middle of the street waiting on the ambulance to arrive. As she waits, she begins to breastfeed her child.  What's amazing is as the camera scans the scene, you see that her leg is VISIBLY broken. You can clearly see that her foot and her leg are completely out of alignment. Her foot is facing the wrong direction, and in the midst of that, she is calmly breastfeeding!

 

In the text, Paul writes to the church at Philippi. As he writes from prison, his focus is not on how much he is suffering.  Instead, his focus and thoughts are on the church.  He says, "I have you in my heart" and "I long for you all."  He says he is "always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all." 

 

Like the woman with the broken leg, Paul is more focused on the needs of others rather than his own situation. He was more than a just a teacher or preacher. He was a compassionate father.  He was a loving mother, nurturing those he had birthed through the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

 

Sometimes we try and persuade people to come to Christ with the fear of Hell or the reward of Heaven, but there is a much better and more powerful motivator than either one of these.  It is LOVE.  Love that puts others before ourselves.  This kind of love will transform us, our communities, and our world.

 

Father, give me a willing and compassionate heart that will put others first for your kingdom's sake.

 

In Jesus Name,

Amen

 

 

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