Exceedingly Precious Promises
Tuesday, 5 April 2005
Divine Direction
Now Playing: Are we looking to the Lord for guidance in our daily life ?
Topic: Guidance
"And so it was, when the cloud abode from even unto the morning, and that the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they journeyed: whether it was by day or by night that the cloud was taken up, they journeyed." (Numbers 9:20)

Each of us who is active and aggressive in our service for the Lord finds one aspect of the Christian life more difficult than any other. We find it almost impossible just to sit and not to move when God is not moving us. The best antidote for anxiety is to trust in God and wait patiently on Him.

The movement of the nation of Israel through the wilderness graphically illustrates the need for God's people to wait on Him. Numbers 9 gives God's program for Israel's progression. The Jews were not on a steady march for forty years in the wilderness, neither were they at permanent rest. In fact, their journey was a long series of stops and goes. Both were at the command of God.

God never leaves His people alone, without a witness or guide. Living by faith sometimes means walking in the dark,it never means living without a light. God would provide the natural phenomena of a cloud and fire. On the day that it was erected, a cloud covered the Tabernacle so that it was entirely enshrouded during the day. At night fire appeared in the sky and prohibited Israel from losing sight of the abode of God. Numbers 9:21 summarizes, "And so it was, when the cloud bode from even unto the morning, and that the cloud was taken in the morning then they journeyed: whether it was by day or night that the cloud was taken up, they journeyed." Since the length of the stay at any one place in the wilderness could vary from two days, to a month, to a year, Israel's only obligation was to trust God and watch for the movement of the cloud.

Many are the occasions that we find ourselves awaiting direction from the Lord and wondering if it will ever come. But if we let Him be our guide, we will not only "Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him" (Psalm 37:7), but when He does move us we will be certain that our direction is the correct one.

Some years ago a party of fisherman took their small boat into the Gulf of Mexico. They came to their favorite spot, a place they had been many times before. The weather was balmy, the fish were biting, and they completely lost themselves in the hours of the afternoon. By nightfall a dense fog had moved in and they found themselves completely engulfed in the "soup" and could see only a few feet ahead of them. Their hearts raced with excitement. Then one of the fishermen remembered that he had a small compass in his pocket. They had already determined which direction they should go, but the compass pointed in the opposite direction. Now they were faced with a dilemma. Would they follow their own instincts, or the sure rule of the compass? All the men agreed to follow the direction of the compass. After what seemed an endlessly long time, they saw the shadowy outline of the shore emerging through the fog. They found themselves only a few yards from the dock where they started earlier in the day. The reliable compass had told them which direction to go, they trusted it, and they returned home safely.

Let us not be guilty today of attempting to move ahead of God when He says to "sit still." Likewise, when through the Word of God we are moved in a particular direction, let us not question that direction, but do the will of God. The clouds of concern may completely encircle us today but God will remove them in His own good time and will provide direction for us if we simply trust Him and wait upon Him.

MORNING HYMN Lord, I would clasp Thy hand in mine, Nor ever murmur nor repine, Content, whatever lot I see, Since 'tis my God that leadeth me!

(from W. Kroll)

Posted by dondegr0 at 11:13 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 22 April 2005 11:26 AM EDT
Tuesday, 18 January 2005
Psalm 23
Now Playing: Are we looking to the Good Shepherd on a daily basis ?
Topic: Guidance
The Lord is my Shepherd... That's Relationship!

I shall not want.. .That's Supply!

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures...That's Rest!

He leadeth me beside the still waters... That's Refreshment!

He restoreth my soul...That's Healing!

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness... That's Guidance!

For His name sake...That's Purpose!

Yea, though I waik through the valley of the shadow of death... That's Testing!

1 will fear no evil...That's Protection!

For Thou art with me...That's Faithfulness!

Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me...That's Discipline!

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies... That's Hope!

Thou annointest my head with oil...That's Consecration!

My cup runneth over.. .That's Abundance!

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life...That's Blessing!

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord .That's Security!

Forever...That's Eternity!

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Posted by dondegr0 at 9:10 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 19 January 2005 8:50 AM EST
Thursday, 6 January 2005
God's Timing
Now Playing: Are we expecting God's plan to unfold in our lives ?
Topic: Guidance
Preparing to Move Out

Joshua 3:1-8

There is a time for action, and there is alo a time for waiting. There are times when we get in too big a hurry and are too impatient to wait on the Lord's time. On the other hand, there are some who lag behind and are not ready to move forward when they should. We need to remember that God is never too late. If we really want to do His will, He will always do His part on time.

So there was a three-day delay when the people reached the Jordan River. This gave them the opportunity to become quiet before God and made it possible for Him to give them final instructions. It was when they were ready to hear that the orders were given.

The same is true in our spiritual experiences. We must make a decision and then act upon that decision. After we have acted on our decision, it may be
that God will have us wait for a while. This may sound like a paradox, but it is not. We need to learn to be calm before the Lord and await His time
and timing for the events in our lives. The reason for Israel's delay at the Jordan, and often the reason for a delay after God has made plain to us that we are to move ahead, is in order to see if we are in earnest. When this is evident, then further instructions are given us.

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world" (Matt. 28:19,20).

(from T. Epp)

Posted by dondegr0 at 9:03 AM EST

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