The Lord Be With You Today!
“For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
(The Lord’s people have been subjected to evil oppression in Babylon.
Even though the Lord had allowed this exile for Israel
because of their rebellion and sinful disregard
of Him and their relationship with Him, the Babylonians
had considered themselves powerful and victorious invaders.
Though the Babylonians had considered their victorious invasion of Israel
and the people’s subsequent exile from their land a triumph,
they had been unjust and oppressive toward the Lord’s people,
an attitude He despised even though He Himself had, in fact,
allowed His people to be experience the consequences of their choices.
Though the Lord used the Babylonian conquest for His purposes for His people,
He could not condone their wrongdoing toward His people.
The Lord reminds us here that even though we, too, may experience
situations and people whom the Lord will use,
allowing us to experience His discipline
for our own lukewarm or even disobedient attitudes,
He will also bring about justice on our behalf.)
In My faithfulness I will reward My people
and make an everlasting covenant with them."
(The Lord is a loving and just Father Who cares for His children.
Not only does He carefully and justly discipline and correct us,
but He also is faithful to reward us for having humbly endured and matured
through the discipline and hardships He offers and allows.
Like any loving Father, He is pleased with His children
who submit to and undergo correction.
He rewards us after we have been corrected,
and His reward is a renewal of His covenant of faithfulness and love
that He had earlier made with the people of old,
a covenant that He never forsakes, never cancels,
and that still holds true for us today.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ’s love,
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