Meditation

Meditation for 07/10/2019

“And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.” (Genesis45:5)

God’s leadership may perplex us at times. He led Joseph via a slaves prison. The prison setting made it possible for Joseph to come to Pharaoh’s attention. He recognized that God had been guiding his life to bless many people through him, including the brothers who had sold him into slavery.

The account is punctuated with references to God’s blessing and leadership in his life. God’s people should expect God to be at work in our lives. We should recognize and acknowledge His leadership. Simply put, God does not just look at your current situation, He looked at you when you were still in your mother’s womb, and planned knew that He could use you in ways you could never imagine, and for His will to be done through you.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Abba, You may not plan every single detail of our lives, but You know that You can use each of us in a unique way, to bring Your will to be done in and through our lives. Today, we recommit ourselves to You and to look with awe, just how You will use us this day and the next. This we ask in Your Son, our Savior’s name. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Reputation is what people think you are. Character is what people know you are.

KNOWING GOD:

“In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them in your holy dwelling. The Lord will reign for eve and ever.” (Exodus15:13, 18)

Confidence, expectation, and faith in God’s leadership are essential in the victorious living and service of God’s people. We can be faithful disciples even though the dry wilderness stretches before us because we have confidence in God’s eternal kingdom. Beloved, we don’t have to know everything, we simply have to be confident in our God!

I AM:

Discipleship, God’s Leadership: (Numbers9:15-23)

For the march from the desert of Sinai to the Promised Land of Canaan, God chose to make His presence visible and guide His people by a cloud. The cloud had come down and covered the Tent of Testimony on the day the tabernacle was completed. When the cloud rose from the dwelling of the tabernacle, it was a sign to move, it soared above the ark of he covenant as they moved, and a sign for encamping was given when it came down. The cloud “looked like fire” during the night. Whenever the cloud lifted, day or night, they would set out on the journey. God used Moses to make His will known, and the people obeyed His commands. God was with them all the time providing the leadership on which they were depending. Obedience and dependence still are required to enjoy God’s leadership, beloved, no matter how He chooses to provide it.

Second Thought of the Day:

“Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the Lord and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the Lore had given Moses.” (2nd Kings 18:5-6)

Hezekiah was unique in his trust in God. As a result of his faith, he obeyed the Mosaic Law and never ceased to follow God. Legalistic obedience without active faith in God will not be adequate in finding and following the will of God.

Dynamic faith permits God to reveal His will to His followers. Each generation needs dedicated leaders who trust God and follow His direction. Trusting God without being obedient to His commands just won’t work. We must place our complete trust in Him, we must study His Word to gain wisdom, and we must pray obediently to Him to know His will for our lives.

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