But when the local prince, Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, saw Dinah, he seized her and raped her.
Soon Jacob heard that Shechem had defiled his daughter, Dinah. But since his sons were out in the fields herding his livestock, he said nothing until they returned.
Meanwhile, Jacob’s sons had come in from the field as soon as they heard what had happened. They were shocked and furious that their sister had been raped. Shechem had done a disgraceful thing against Jacob’s family, something that should never be done.
But three days later, when their wounds were still sore, two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, who were Dinah’s full brothers, took their swords and entered the town without opposition. Then they slaughtered every male there,
Afterward Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have ruined me! You’ve made me stink among all the people of this land—among all the Canaanites and Perizzites. We are so few that they will join forces and crush us. I will be ruined, and my entire household will be wiped out!”
“But why should we let him treat our sister like a prostitute?” they retorted angrily. (Genesis 34:2, 5, 7, 25, 30-31 NLT)
May the glory of the LORD continue forever! The LORD takes pleasure in all he has made! (Psalms 104:31 NLT)
The song, ‘When I think of you’, by Michael W. Smith, is an expression of the necessity to praise God.
He is the One. He deserves all praises, respect and honor! Forever He has been the Majesty, Ancient of days, Uncommon Favor, I Am that I Am, the Incomparable Faithful One, Merciful, Unchangeable, Immaculate.
How do we think of the Lord in our moment of public security? When do we seek Him? Or do we need Him at all?
By and large we tend to remember Him in our personal troubles, because at that point He seems to be all we have left to get us out of the mess.
Oftentimes, I couldn’t avoid wondering why we prefer to push God aside like a piece of unnecessary object during our happy days, while as soon as we discover ourselves in hot waters, we then rush back to pick Him up from that hidden corner we’d dump Him.
God sanctifies the person who upholds his commitment throughout both seasons: happy and sad times.
If we want a year-round victory in our lives, then we must reexamine our relationship with God. He is not a seasonal babysitter that is only meant to rescue us when needed.
But if we could do away with the spirit of hypocrisy in order to benefit from the everything heavens have for us.
All His promises hold true.
We thank you very much.
Teach us to praise you further than to complain more to you about our demands.
Grant us the consciousness of durable gratitude.
In times of joy, may we lean forever on you.
In times of sorrow, may we remember to draw near to you.
In times of doubt, may we dare to suck from your fountain of faith.
In times of fear, may we boldly tread the storms knowing you will never leave us entirely.
Aid us, Lord. Aid us to trash our narcissistic selves.
Aid us to repress the spirit of sefl-gratification.
Aid us to love our neighbours, and friends just like us.
Aid us to tolerate others.
Aid us eliminates the prejudgments of others, we’d accumulate.
Help us to curb the desire to hate our parents for past wrong deeds.
Father, equip us with the necessities required to cater for our parents throughout their lifespan.
Where we think, we are right, show us we are amiss,
Where we think we are holy, show us our dirty deeds,
Where we consider we are justified, show us our imperfections.
Where we suppose we are honest, show us our lies.
Where we believe, we have forgiven, show us our unrepentant thoughts.
Darling Father, please remind us daily who we are.
remind us we are nothing, but dust.
remind us not to forget that tomorrow may not arrive.
remind us of the fragility of our breath.
remind us our crossing over never implies our cessation with you.
Above all, Lord, in the meantime, we pray you to make us know you more.
Draw us closer as colorful magnets stick to fridges,
As the sun is inseparable from the sky,
as the water station in the land,
as man depends on oxygen to exist.
Accord us a heart filled with indebtedness.
In Jesus’s name, we pray,