Thursday, April 15, 2021

Our God

Isaiah 5:16 says, “But the Lord Almighty will be exalted by his justice, and the holy God will show himself holy by his righteousness.”

Theological Reflection

Isaiah is thought to be the greatest of all the writing prophets.  The name Isaiah means The Lord Saves.  He wrote the book of Isaiah sometime around 701 B.C (about 2700 years ago).

The people of Israel snuffed out the voice of God; they reasoned that there was no need for divine revelations and prophets of God. Owning houses, land and the desire to gain wealth, replaced revelations of God.  In their grab for wealth, and desire for lives of lust  and pleasure, Israel found ways to blur the lines between good and evil.

Their hearts and minds craved the riches of the world; perversion and lust appealed to their senses. Even when God’s judgements came upon them, they would not denounce and turn from their sins.

God’s justice causes the oceans to rise up, and the earth to shake; death to come in floods.  The people parish, cities are destroyed; and those left are exiled from the land and made servants of another people. 

Almighty God, God who is Holy is exalted and glorified in his acts of judgement. The  invisible God, becomes visible in His acts of  justice and righteousness.

In punishing the sins of the people, we behold God who is Holy, God who is Sanctified, God who’s judgments are righteous, God who is divine, God who makes himself know to his people.

Prayer

Father, thank you for justice and righteousness; thank you for all you’ve done in our lives. Lord, you have protected our homes and property. Lord you have cured sickness in our bodies, you have healed our broken hearts and minds.  Father, you have walked us through disappointments, you have healed the wounds of our souls caused by others; in some cases those we love. Father, thank you for being our resting place; the place where we are safe. We await the day we see your face to face.

Father in heaven, give us this day a word from above.  Bless our eyes and ears to see and hear the presence of your kingdom. Fill our souls with the desire to do your will with every breath that we take. Lord, Jesus thank you for taking away the sins of the world, even as we ask for your mercy, and ask you to forgive the sins of our lives.  We honor the presence of your Holy Spirit, and bless you for being the revelation of truth. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

Stephen Small

Stephen Small

Rev. Small realized God was present in his life as a child, and grew into an adult with a passion for knowing and understanding God, people and the difficulties of life. Rev. Small soon can to know Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit has he experienced the storms, trails, and tribulations of life as a Black man in America. Rev. Stephen C. Small survived numerous demonic assaults on his life, which gave meaning to God’s grace and mercy. Rev. Small reasoned that God’s presence in the world gives hope, meaning and purpose; it is the essence of learning, love and relationships. Rev. Small humbled himself and opened his heart and mind to listening, learning and obeying God. On sabbatical from a business career, Rev. Small earned a Biblical Studies degree, and Master of Divinity. Rev. Small’s faith and dedication to serving God is the reason he created Trueword Ministry; TWM’s website as an evangelism tool, designed to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to Africans, African Descendants and the entire human race.

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