CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Kingdom Work 6/6/2022

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by Precarious Yates

Psalm 146:5-9

“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,

        whose hope is in the LORD his God,

who made heaven and earth,

        the sea, and all that is in them,

    who keeps faith forever;

who executes justice for the oppressed,

        who gives food to the hungry.

    The LORD sets the prisoners free;

the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.

    The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;

        the LORD loves the righteous.

The LORD watches over the sojourners;

        he upholds the widow and the fatherless,

        but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.”

Things don’t seem to be getting easier. They seem to be getting more intense and difficult with each passing day. With inflation rates, many people cannot afford the gas to get to work to buy the now expensive food for their families. It’s like we’re all hard pressed on every side with the mass shootings in random locations and situations all over the US. But we’re given the promise that although we’re hard pressed, we will not be crushed (see 2 Cor. 4:9). There was One who was crushed: Jesus Christ the Righteous One: “He was pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities…” (Isaiah 53:5). Because Jesus took on the punishment for sin, we can take on the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus! In Him, we can enter into the all the promises of God, including those listed in Psalm 146. Not only can we enter into those promises, we can partner with Him to bring these glorious blessings to the world. The hungry that He feeds He will feed through us. Those who are imprisoned to shame or addiction or even in physical prisons because of injustice, they can be set free by the Gospel we bring and by the truth we have to share. Just as Jesus opened the eyes of the blind, He told us we would do the same and even greater works (see John 14:12). When the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down low and when He loves on the righteous, He most often does this through other people—believers like you and me! When the Lord watches over the widow, the fatherless and the foreigner, it most often through His people. James 1:27 says:

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”

What are stains from the world? John tells us in 1 John 2:16, “for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world.”

If, instead of feeding our fleshly desires we partner with the Lord to bring His Kingdom, we will discover joy that will not be shaken, not even when everything else in the whole world is shaking. 

Don’t be afraid to shine the light that God put inside you!May you be blessed and May you be a blessing to many!

Precarious Yates

About the Author:

Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their big dogs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

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