Archive for July 11th, 2017

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were struggling with something fairly major in life and didn’t know how to handle it? Perhaps you’d lost your job or your health wasn’t great or maybe you had some relationship problems that you couldn’t get resolved and without giving it a second thought you set about trying to fix things as best you could. Then at some later point you think, “I could have prayed about that but I didn’t?” It’s so easy to get caught up in the momentum of life and the difficulties that it presents that sometimes God gets pushed out of mind and you just deal with things on your own.

As I read through the first two verses of today’s passage I realised how often I do that and how easy it is to do. But more than that I wondered how much of God’s blessing I’ve missed because I followed my own thinking and plans instead of his. Those 2 verses talk of an alliance formed with Egypt that was undertaken without anyone consulting God. The sense of God’s anguish in God’s voice is palpable. “Why didn’t you come to me?” He asks. As you read on through the chapter you get a real sense that God would have provided something much better, longer lasting, more sustainable, more blessed if only the people had asked Him.

In verse 21 there is a very powerful promise that resonated deeply in me as I read it. “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isn’t it comforting to know that no matter how badly we get things wrong God is always right behind us calling out to us saying, “look, here, can’t you see how much better life is over here, this is the way follow me?” Although the imagery in verse 22 is very graphic it makes the point that when we truly see how wonderful God’s blessings are we will want nothing less than that which he has for us.

While our mortal enemy Satan takes great delight in telling us and then reminding us how badly wrong we’ve got it God’s response is always positive. He is always calling out to us, always ready to forgive us and always ready to take us back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Father God, give me ears to hear your call and the desire in my heart to respond to you. Amen.

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