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There certainly is a lot to write about in our readings for today. In Isaiah we read about Judah’s chastening, the Messiah’s Mission and His obedience. Then in Ephesians we are told that children should obey their parents, what our service should be like on the job, that we should put on the whole armor of God and pray for boldness in our telling others about our Savior. In Psalm 69 we are told to petition God to draw near to us when we are bombarded with troubles because of our faith. And then in Proverbs we are instructed that a wise man is strong and that a man of knowledge increases power. And that by wise guidance we will wage war and in abundance of counselors there is victory.

Now, given all of this, where do I begin? I could certainly write about the whole armor of God in Ephesians 6. I would stress that in order for us to stand firm against evil that we should consciously do this on a daily basis. Or, I could comment about children obeying their parents or the fact that parents should not provoke their children to anger but bring our children up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. I could make comments about how we should behave on our jobs in a Christian manner. Or how we should pray for boldness in our speech as we talk to others about Christ (oh, how we all need to be bold as we tell others about our precious Savior). Or I could write about how we should pray that God draw near to us when we are beset with troubles not of our own doing but because of our faith. Or that we should petition Him not to allow our short comings (yes, we all have them) to keep others from seeking Him. Or, I could wax eloquent concerning Christ’s mission and His obedience in the Isaiah passage. Now, where should I begin? Where? Where? Where?

I haven’t the slightest idea how to begin or what to stress or how to decide what is the most important message in today’s reading. What a quandary! Well, I guess I will submit this and see what happens. I apologize for my inabilities and hope you will forgive me. I guess I will close this as Paul closed Ephesians, “Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with a love INCORRUPTIBLE. “



“He is faithful in all he does”

“The Lord is faithful to all his promises”

“… the Lord, who remains faithful forever”

God chose and redeemed Israel.  He did it for His own glory.  He formed them for Himself that they would praise Him.  However, Israel chose not to call on Him, they did not honor Him with their sacrifices.  Instead they burdened the Lord with their sins.  Yet, God remained faithful to what He had said and did not remember their sins.

We as Gentiles were not originally included in this special relationship with God.  But, he did also plan to include us as His people before the world was even created.  To also be His people through Christ.  God has also been faithful to His promise to include us as His people.  Many times we have also chosen to go the way of Israel and not remember the Lord or call on His name.  And yet He does not remember our sins as we have been covered by the blood of Christ.  Thank you Lord that you do not remain faithful based on me, but on what you have promised.

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