Monday’s Moment

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion (Psalm 137:1).

God warned Israel, but they failed to heed His warnings. Therefore, they were carried away into Assyrian captivity. God warned Judah, but they failed to heed His warnings. Therefore they were carried away into Babylonian captivity.

This psalm appears to have been written during the time of the Babylonian captivity, by the captives, in the foreign land. One would think, the captives often thought of their home and of the events which lead to their captivity.Neither Israel or Judah were defeated because the gods of other nations overpowered the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Israel and Judah were defeated because they had left God, therefore, God was not with them. The short fall was not with God, but with those who were supposed to be followers of God.

Many today, over whom Satan has enjoyed victory, question the power of God. The fault is not with God, but the downfall comes when man chooses to turn from God. Satan can never overpower God: never has and never will. God has promised to never leave or forsake His children. When there is separation between God and man, it is the result of the sin of man. Satan cannot take God’s children out of the hands of God; Satan cannot everpower the children of God as they walk with God. Satan can overcome the children of God, only when we leave God.

God pleads with His children to walk with Him; God pleads with His children to draw near to Him; God pleads with His children to follow Christ; God pleads with His children to separate themselves from Satan.

Before we find ourselves by the rivers of Babylon, let us remember the blessings we enjoy in Christ Jesus and let us remain faithful to the One who loves us.