Discerning the Ways of the Lord – My Daily Bread!
Our call to be faithful before the Lord is taken from Hosea 14: 9 which reads:
“Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.”
Have you ever stumbled around in the dark looking for the bathroom and bumped your toe against who knows what? We quickly realize that wandering around in the dark can be dangerous; and as we get older and wiser we even switch on a light to ensure that we do not hurt ourselves. So can you imagine stumbling around your whole life in the dark? Not able to discern what is in front of you or know where you are going.
Our reflection today is a call for personal spiritual assessment regarding where we stand when confronted with “the ways of the Lord”, His truths, His standards for right living, His godly principles and precepts. God’s Word is full of either – or propositions. This one says we either walk in the way of the Lord and attain to His righteousness or we stumble in rebellion. We are either wise and able to discern the spiritual things of God or we are not. These words are hard to hear in this present age, an age that desires universal acceptance of all they wish to attain.
But God is clear that there is only one way to walk with Him, and in the history of the Bible it has never been on our terms. His standards are equally applicable to everyone and so are His judgments. We are told: “And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now then when we first believed. The night is nearly over, the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” (Romans 13: 11-12)
Saints be cautious not to stumble over your God! Make Him your refuge in the night and your covering in the day! So here is a trustworthy saying, use godly wisdom to discern the times and walk in the ways of your Lord and “may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15: 13)
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