LORD’S DAY, FEBRUARY 5
"… God commendeth his love toward us
… Christ died for us."
GOD’S LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE
That God continued to treat the Israelites as His special people is highlighted in the Balaam narrative (Num 22-24). Balaam was called in by Balak, the king of Moab, to curse the Israelites as they came near his land. Balaam. However, Balaam blessed Israel because of the intervention of God.
God continued to abide and provide His own people with all of His divine care and concern, in spite of Israel’s continual turning against the LORD their God. The Book of Numbers ends with God’s people turning against the Lord by worshipping the heathen gods, yet we find in the Book of Deuteronomy God reiterating His laws and warnings through Moses. Time and time again the LORD’s unchanging love for His people is gloriously displayed.
This remains true today for God’s church. So many a time the church goes astray from His ways. She does that which is evil before God’s eyes. She rebels against her LORD by disobeying His Word. Yet God in mercy and grace continues to be loving and faithful to her.
He readily chastens us (His children) to bring us back into His presence. Like a father who loves his children, God pursues after and seizes us to return to Him. Like a compassionate mother, He beseeches us to love Him still and to repent of our ways that we may have a right relationship with Him.
"O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure. The saints’ and angels’ song" (Frederick M. Lehman). If this is God’s love for us, how should we love Him in return? How can we not be faithful to Him?
THOUGHT: How much do I love my Lord and Saviour?
PRAYER: "I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live" (Ps 116:1-2).