Emanna for 06/19/2020

Acknowledging the Father's Will

Bible Verses

Matt 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I extol You, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. (26) Yes, Father, for thus it has been well- pleasing in Your sight.

Words of Ministry

The Greek word rendered "praise" in verse 25 means to make acknowledgment with praise. The Lord acknowledged the Father's way in carrying out His economy with praise Although people, instead of responding to His ministry, slandered Him, and the leading cities rejected Him, He praised the Father, acknowledging the Father's will. He did not seek prosperity in His work, but He sought the Father's will. He would be satisfied and rest, not in man's understanding and welcome, but in the Father's knowing (vv. 26-27). Christ believed that the cities' rejection of Him was of the Father. What about our situation today? When we are rejected, opposed, criticized, attacked, and condemned, could we praise the Father? Have you ever said, "Father, I praise You for the rejection and opposition of my parents and friends"? We need to recognize that such rejection is sovereignly of the Lord and praise Him for it.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Matthew, pp. 387. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 6/19/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.