FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
“Do all things without murmurings
When there seemed to be a problem that might divide the church, God moved His people to the rescue. By the Lord’s wisdom things turn out for the best! We must give a special thanksgiving to the Lord. When problems arise, we go to Him, and He then works things out for the best. Indeed, “…we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28).
When numbers are increased: The number of disciples was multiplied. These were not additions but multiplications. Praise the Lord for the increase! Though increases are desired, we must also be aware of the duty of the church to take care of the believers. An increase in number of members also increases the need to supply basic necessities to them. God knew well these concerns and this account shows us how God was hands-on in taking care of His first church in Jerusalem.
When needs are neglected: However perfect a management programme may be, there will always be loopholes. This was seen in the early church when people were neglected of their daily ministration. The Grecians were the Hellenistic or Greek-speaking Jews, while the Hebrews, were the Hebrew-speaking Jews. The widows were those who were affected in the church. Widows were destitute and therefore to be relieved by the church, especially if they did not have younger relatives, whose duty it was to support them. Since the church was providing for their daily provisions, there were probably some who were neglected because of the large number of recipients. The Lord’s timely intervention is always perfect, and surely the Lord alone must be given the glory and honour.
Do you easily murmur and complain at unfair treatments? To whom do you murmur?
THOUGHT: Am I a thankful recipient of the Lord’s blessings?
PRAYER: Father, I thank Thee for all Thy provisions.