Rabbi’s Reflections – Monday, January 1, 2024

Love Each Other / Glorify God part 23 – Romans, part 248

Romans 15:28 So when I have finished delivering the collection safely to them, I will head for Spain by way of you. 29 Now I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Messiah.

Paul says “I know…,” leaving no room for doubt.  Paul is expressing confidence that he will “come in the fullness of the blessing of Messiah.”  Let’s borrow from the title of Eitan Shishkoff’s first book to ask the question, “What About Us?”  (https://www.tikkunglobal.org/product-page/what-about-us-eitan-shishkoff)  Do we have that same confidence?

Dig deep to find the truthful answer.  We must have faith in God’s promises,… Hebrews 13:6 so that with confidence we say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What will man do to me?”  That’s right, faith and fear never exist in the same place at the same time.  In that way, they are like light and dark.  One match overcomes all the darkness.

An interesting thing about faith is that you never know if you have it until you need it.  That’s why the scriptures instruct us to build up our faith.  Jude 1:20 But you, loved ones, continue building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Ruach ha-Kodesh.  Then, when we are put to the test, we walk in victory.  Two sets of scriptures speak to this…

James 1:2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

1Peter 1:6 You rejoice in this greatly, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials. 7 These trials are so that the true metal of your faith (far more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire) may come to light in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Messiah Yeshua.

God has a blessing for each of us.  Let’s be assured, like Paul, to come in the fullness of that blessing today and every day.  Why not take a moment right now and give thanks.  Be specific as you remember the blessings of God over the past year.  And not just individual blessings, but blessings upon your community as well.

Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do far beyond all that we ask or imagine, by means of His power that works in us, 21 to Him be the glory in the community of believers and in Messiah Yeshua throughout all generations forever and ever! Amen.  Shalom shalom, and happy new year.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
20 Tevet, Monday, 1-Jan-24
Exodus 1:18-2:10, 2 Samuel 7, Psalm 75 Luke 6:1-26, Galatians 3