Friday, May 15, 2015

First the Word

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

Do you sometimes think that God does things backwards? Take Israel, for example. God delivered them from Egypt and promised them a land “flowing with milk and honey.” But when the journey began, He didn’t take them directly there. In fact, He directed them to the southeast where they stayed for three months at Mt. Sinai. It was there that God gave them His Word, the Commandments. 

Let’s be honest here. God could have directed them straight to Canaan. Wouldn’t that have been the best place for them to receive His Word, in the Holy Land? The point is, God wanted them to have the Word before they experienced His future plans for them.

That principle hasn’t changed. It has to be that way: Sinai before Canaan. 

Just as the Israelites needed the Word of God before entering Canaan, we need the Word of God before running toward our objectives. As one of my Seminary professors was fond of saying, “Don’t race to find God’s will for your life until you have pondered God’s Word for your life.” 

The reason for that is clear; “[the Word] shall be with him and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God [Deuteronomy 17:19].

Remember this: In every human endeavor, first the Word.

They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. Deuteronomy 32:47

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