Lenten Devotional 2021 - Day Eighteen
THE “BUSINESS” OF THE LORD (Part 2)
When two or more parties express interest in establishing a business relationship, it is because each holds the belief that there are benefits to be derived from coming together. There are specific opportunities to be enjoyed, gains to be had that might otherwise be lost. And, although they may hold a strong belief in the benefits such a relationship might bring, this coin has another side; it is brokering the deal. During the process of brokering, each side seeks to determine how best to capitalize, get the most out of the arrangement… get the greatest return while investing the least. And, while achieving a wide profit margin, monetarily speaking, is sometimes the chief determinant of whether business is good, God holds a different set of standards when it comes to business.
When it comes to the business of the Lord, God is the chief investor. If there is any doubt, we have only to remember the benefits package of forgiveness, healing, redemption, and all that was highlighted yesterday in Psalm 103:1-5. God is also chief when it comes to handling the heavy lifting. David reminds us in verses 6-10 that the Lord is always at work on our behalf and for the greater good. 6“The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.” He further cites, 7 “He [the Lord] made known his ways to Moses, [and] his acts to the people of Israel.” This brief statement is a reminder of the long arm of God and the Lord’s mighty hand used to bring about Israel’s deliverance. The same hand God applies in strength, is the one God applies with a gentle touch even as the Lord deals with us in our sins (vv. 8-10).
Let Us remember that in all things, God is a God of justice and mercy. Our God watches over every promise the Lord has spoken to bring it to pass. Let Us commit to covenanting with God, being willing workers for the Lord.