November 5, 2016
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to blot out their name from the earth.
17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;
Quote of the Week
Who can behave so carefully that he or she never falls into deceit or perplexity? But depend on this: one who trusts God and seeks Him with a single heart does not fall so easily. Suppose a genuine follower of Christ gets entangled in some kind of trouble? One of two things happen: deliverance or comfort. You see, God will not divorce himself from his trusting children, not even when trouble lasts a long time. Only a rare friend sticks by you so faithfully from the beginning to end of a distressing period. But God proves Himself faithful. He alone stands faithful; no-one compare with Him.
Thomas a’Kempis, The Imitation of Christ. From Book III: Inner Encouragement. “Do Not Believe All You Hear.” Chapter 1. para 45. #2. (Edited and Paraphrased by Donald E. Dem. Alba House Press.)
In case you are just joining us, each week we share in an exercise called “The Sixth Day Exercise.” As Genesis 1 has it, God created human beings in his own image on the sixth day. Genesis 3 shows us the desecration of the image of God in our race which has only compounded itself across the centuries. It’s why the Image Bearer himself, Jesus Christ, came. His life, death, resurrection and ascension reversed the curse of sin and death and created a pathway whereby our broken race could be made gloriously whole again; restored to the Creator’s intent. Paul put it this way:
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22.
Given we were made on the Sixth Day, it makes sense that we might stop and assess how it’s going on the long journey of being “remade” on each successive sixth day.
J.D. Walt serves as Seedbed’s Sower in Chief. firstname.lastname@example.org.