Meditation for Monday

He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:32

The prophet had a young servant who rose early each morning and went to the city wall to make sure everything was going to be OK that day. And, for awhile, everything was OK; he would return to the prophet’s house each morning and give a good report. But one morning, as he climbed the city wall and looked about, he was shocked to see the little city of Dothan where he and the prophet lived surrounded by Syrian soldiers and cavalry. Alarmed, he dashed back to the prophet’s house and gave his master the shocking news. ‘What are we going to do?’ he cried in alarm. To his surprise, the prophet smiled and quietly replied, ‘Fear not, for they that be with us are more than they that be with them’ (2 Kings 6:16). Instead of jumping up and joining the servant’s efforts to either fight or flee, Elisha bowed his head and prayed for the Lord to open the servant’s eyes. And the Lord did! Amazed and no doubt relieved, the young man saw the mountain of Dothan encircled by a host of horses and chariots of fire that dwarfed the host of the Syrians! Read today’s text and see that God wants to open our eyes to all that He has prepared for us.

In the account of the Syrians’ would-be assault on Dothan, Elisha did not pray for the armies of the Lord to come and protect him and his servant. He knew that the armes of the Lord were already there. And so it is with the blessings that God would give to His people today. The blessings are already provided; we just need to accept and receive them. Paul’s argument to saints in Rome begins with the acknowledgment that God has already delivered His own Son to provide our salvation. Because our Father has already done this for us, Paul argues, how can He possibly withhold from us all things for our blessing? We received our salvation by simply placing our faith in the finished work of Christ on Calvary. In the very same way, all of the blessings that come to us because of our salvation are received by faith. These blessings are ours for the taking, if we will just acknowledge that God is offering them to us.

Let us look at one great example: there is one particular group of people – and sadly some of them are not even saved – who insist that after their conversion they need to pray to God for the Holy Spirit to come upon them. That is not something that Christians need to pray for. ‘Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God’ – 1 Corinthians 2:12. We can, and should, pray for our submission to the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives. But He already dwells with us, as God’s eternal seal that we are His.And there is no limit to what God will give us of His blessings if we will but take them.

What blessings do you seek from God today? Why are yo waiting to receive what God is already offering? -Jim MacIntosh

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