Of all the things God could possibly wonder about, the Bible tells us He was wondering where His interceding people were. Is 59:16—And He saw that there was no man and wondered…(“wondered” 8074 shamem- to be desolate, to be appalled, to stun, to stupefy; to be deflowered, to be deserted, to be appalled, causing horror (Brown-Driver-Briggs). Could it actually be that this God who loved Israel so much felt “deserted” or that the Arbiter of the universe was actually “stunned” or maybe even “stupefied” that people who knew His precepts and had heard His voice so clearly through His prophets could possibly leave His beloved Israel uncovered from lack of prayer? While we have a great host of people who want to speak for God and prophesy (some eagerly volunteering to prophesy judgment and doom), where are those falling on their face and interceding? 1Tim 2:1 “I exhort therefore, that, FIRST OF ALL, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;” (KJV).
As the people of God assemble today, may their hearts and minds be alive with possibilities of receiving and applying extraordinary enablements and supply from the throne of heaven to transform their environs. May they not be tempted to yield to the poverty of human experience but be enriched by the all-sufficiency of their Savior, Christ Jesus. (1Sam.17:47, Msg) ”The whole earth will know that there’s an extraordinary God in Israel. And everyone gathered here will learn that God doesn’t save by means of sword or spear. The battle belongs to God…”
It would behoove the disciples of Christ to be aware that they have an extraordinary Savior. When Peter was in prison, there was no popular teaching making the rounds at conferences that you could call on a special squad of jail-breaking angels to get you out. Something happened that Peter had not even taught on! We are in an era of history when nothing less than the extraordinary of heaven is required in the earth. (Eph.3:10, Msg) ”Through followers of Jesus like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels!”
The Word of God is alive and active and cannot stop being alive and active. May the redemptive, productive Word you heard days ago or even years ago be alive and active in you today, producing fruit unto righteousness, life to the glory of our Lord’s name. ”God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.” (Heb.4:12-13, Msg)
As the people of God assemble today, may they encourage each other and help each other to turn away from anger (even if it is the result of injustice), so that they may be released from that which eats at them and leaves them miserable. (Ps.37:8, Amp) “Cease from anger and abandon wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evil.”
Keep the “Amen” alive in you; that “Amen” the Holy Spirit put down deep in you when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Worship, read the Word, listen to the teaching of the Word, share your testimony. Stir up the “Amen” to Who God is and to His Word. “Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In Him, this is what we preach and pray, THE GREAT AMEN, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, PUTTING HIS YES WITHIN US. By His Spirit He has stamped us with His eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what He is destined to complete.” (2Cor.1:20-22, Msg)
Let us be careful what we say. The Lord doesn’t want what we speak falling to the ground (1Sam.3:19)
“Set a guard, O Lord, before my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips.” (Ps.141:3, Amp)________________________________________________________________________________________