Monday, February 19, 2018

February 19



“…They march each on his way; they do not swerve from their paths. They do not jostle one another; each marches in his path…” (Joel 2:7-8)

Today’s Bible passage is from the book of Joel, a short book with only three chapters, telling about the people of God. In the first chapter the people are under pressure. They have had no success. The grain is destroyed, the wine has dried up and the oil had languished. Everything was dry and miserable. In the second chapter one can read though that the Lord comes to his people and the people rise as a great army. The people return to the Lord and the people experience prosperity, joy and life in return. In the third chapter the Lord is judging the enemies of Israel, who had been so hard on the Israelites in the first chapter. And God promises to be a refuge for his people (Joel 3:16)
Our Bible verse for today is from the second chapter. In times when the people of God were successful in the Old Testament, there was always a certain discipline present – each one knew what they were supposed to do, and they did what they should very well without jostling each other.
There is order in the Kingdom of God and as we submit ourselves to that order and set up our lives according to it we prosper. He who created the order in nature wants our lives to be in order as well - in our private lives as well as in our working places. Holiness is related to order and if we want to honor God with our lives we need to accept the position where God wants us to be right now.
In his letter to the Colossians Paul addresses Archippos saying: ”See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord” (Colossians 4:17). I believe that this is a message, which the Lord wants to convey to you and me today.

Prayer
Lord I want to fulfil the ministry that You have given me. I intend to do it to the best of my ability. Thank You for being close to me, helping me to do what I should without jostling someone else.

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