Today, Solomon tries to reveal to you the powerful, merciful and sovereign nature of God and the wisdom with which God rules the world God is powerful enough to do whatever pleases him, but at the same time, he is merciful to everything he created. He always gives you enough time to repent from your sins, but will you remain in sin for grace to abound?
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God is a sovereign God, no man or king can question his authority. But not notwithstanding his sovereignty, he has never condemned a person who is righteous. He only punishes those who are ungodly and have refused to keep his commands and ordinances.
Solomon also used the sins and punishment of the people of Canaan and Egypt, punished the Canaanites because of their sinful ways. They conducted unholy worship and shed blood of innocent people and also their flesh. God also gave them chance to repent, but they didn’t. Therefore he destroyed the Canaanites and gave their lands to his people Israelites as inheritance.
God also punished the Egyptians because of their foolish and wicked act. They refused to acknowledge God as he sovereign king, instead they worshiped idols. This made God to torment them until they realized that he is the only true God.
Do you believe that God is a sovereign king?
TODAY’S READING (Wisdom 11.21-12-27)
Now read the teachings and wise quotes of Solomon for today.
GOD IS POWERFUL AND MERCIFUL (11.21-12.2)
21 For it is always in your power to show great strength, and who can withstand the might of your arm?
22 Because the whole world before you is like a speck that tips the scales, and like a drop of morning dew that falls on the ground.
23 But you are merciful to all, for you can do all things, and you overlook people's sins, so that they may repent.
24 For you love all things that exist, and detest none of the things that you have made, for you would not have made anything if you had hated it.
25 How would anything have endured if you had not willed it?
Or how would anything not called forth by you have been preserved?
26 You spare all things, for they are yours, O Lord, you who love the living.
1 For your immortal spirit is in all things.
2 Therefore you correct little by little those who trespass, and you remind and warn them of the things through which they sin, so that they may be freed from wickedness and put their trust in you, O Lord.
THE SINS OF THE CANAANITES (12.3-12.11)
3 Those who lived long ago in your holy land
4 you hated for their detestable practices, their works of sorcery and unholy rites,
5 their merciless slaughter of children, and their sacrificial feasting on human flesh and blood.
These initiates from the midst of a heathen cult,
6 these parents who murder helpless lives, you willed to destroy by the hands of our ancestors,
7 so that the land most precious of all to you might receive a worthy colony of the servants of God.
8 But even these you spared, since they were but mortals, and sent wasps as forerunners of your army to destroy them little by little,
9 though you were not unable to give the ungodly into the hands of the righteous in battle, or to destroy them at one blow by dread wild animals or your stern word.
10 But judging them little by little you gave them an opportunity to repent, though you were not unaware that their origin was evil and their wickedness inborn, and that their way of thinking would never change.
11 For they were an accursed race from the beginning, and it was not through fear of anyone that you left them unpunished for their sins.
GOD IS SOVEREIGN (12.12-12.22)
12 For who will say, "What have you done?" or will resist your judgment?
Who will accuse you for the destruction of nations that you made?
Or who will come before you to plead as an advocate for the unrighteous?
13 For neither is there any god besides you, whose care is for all people, to whom you should prove that you have not judged unjustly;
14 nor can any king or monarch confront you about those whom you have punished.
15 You are righteous and you rule all things righteously, deeming it alien to your power to condemn anyone who does not deserve to be punished.
16 For your strength is the source of righteousness, and your sovereignty over all causes you to spare all.
17 For you show your strength when people doubt the completeness of your power, and you rebuke any insolence among those who know it.
18 Although you are sovereign in strength, you judge with mildness, and with great forbearance you govern us; for you have power to act whenever you choose.
19 Through such works you have taught your people that the righteous must be kind, and you have filled your children with good hope, because you give repentance for sins.
20 For if you punished with such great care and indulgence the enemies of your servants and those deserving of death, granting them time and opportunity to give up their wickedness,
21 with what strictness you have judged your children, to whose ancestors you gave oaths and covenants full of good promises!
22 So while chastening us you scourge our enemies ten thousand times more, so that, when we judge, we may meditate upon your goodness, and when we are judged, we may expect mercy.
THE PUNISHMENT OF THE EGYPTIANS (12.23-12.27)
23 Therefore those who lived unrighteously, in a life of folly, you tormented through their own abominations.
24 For they went far astray on the paths of error, accepting as gods those animals that even their enemies despised; they were deceived like foolish infants.
25 Therefore, as though to children who cannot reason, you sent your judgment to mock them.
26 But those who have not heeded the warning of mild rebukes will experience the deserved judgment of God.
27 For when in their suffering they became incensed at those creatures that they had thought to be gods, being punished by means of them, they saw and recognized as the true God the one whom they had before refused to know. Therefore the utmost condemnation came upon them.
WISE QUOTE FOR DAY 5
The sovereign, powerful and merciful nature of God are as mysterious as his origin – Kelly Joseph
CLOSING PRAYER FOR DAY 5
(Recite with deep faith)
My Lord and God, I acknowledge you as the powerful sovereign and merciful God. Look not on my sins, but have mercy on me. Today, I detest sin and all that leads to sin. Amen.
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