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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading
For Israel hath not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the of hosts; though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.And then, in today's Psalm we read:
It is He that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David His servant from the hurtful sword.
The Presence of Almighty Yahweh in you - His child - is intended (by Him) to be so obvious, that everyone around us can see it and will glorify God for His saving power.
As Henry Blackaby explained in his devotional book Experiencing God Day-by-Day (p 332, I have added the sacred Names):
God is with you. Yahweh's desire is to fill His people with His Spirit so that others recognize His powerful Presence in them. The Presence of Yahweh in a believer's life ought to be obvious. When the Spirit of almighty God fills a believer, the believer cannot go on living as before. Others will see God.
Yahweh told His people through the prophet Zechariah that His Presence ought to make a difference in their lives. If God's people walk closely with Him, people from every language and every part of the world would hear that they were a people who knew God. People would come from every nation on earth to find the true God among His people. If the people saw a child of God, they would long to be with him or her because in so doing they would be with Yahweh. God gave the vivid picture (in Zechariah) of ten people clinging to one believer, hoping to find God:
Zechariah 8:23 - "Thus saith Yahweh of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you."
What about you? Is it your desire for this Heavenly plan to be fulfilled in your life?
Christ's Presence ought to be so evident in your life that the people around you are drawn to you... Employers ought to want you in their workplace... Your life and your home ought to be a magnet for people as they sense God's Presence with you and your family. The more you allow Christ to make His Presence evident in your life, the more people will draw near to you and find Him.