“Blessed is every one who fears the LORD, Who walks in His ways. When you eat the labor of your hands, You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine In the very heart of your house, Your children like olive plants All around your table.” Psalms 128:1-3
I hope you had a productive weekend?
For the past week, we have been discussing the topic, Knowing the Ways of God, in church. Why is it important? My spiritual father explained it using Moses and the Israelites journey through the wilderness. Moses had a relationship with God and communicated his will to the people, while the people had the law. The same thing applies today; we wait for Moses to bring the word from God (which he has received in the place of relationship), while we make do with living the received word out.
I woke up this morning knowing what I had on my schedule for today, but I was restless in my spirit. I wanted to spend more time with God, but I wanted to get some writing done because I was going out. He dictates what I publish in the blog, and I hadn’t taken time to ask, so I kept asking Him about it the whole time. Note that I kept asking Him for what to write, but I was not quiet in my spirit to hear. At a point during the day, I thought about not writing at all. However, I asked in faith, and I believe He answered.
“Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.” James 2:21-24
Abraham walked right, which means he knew God’s ways and walked with Him. It didn’t stop at knowing God, and what He said, he believed it and worked it out. Abraham packed his bags and sojourned with his family to an unknown land. He allowed his nephew to choose what seemed to be the best of the land, believing that with God, he (Abraham) had all that he needed. In faith, Abraham offered up his son as a sacrifice to the same God, believing that He who had promised him the boy, was able to provide another. He walked in search of the promise all his life, knowing that God’s plan, though not seen by him, was sure.
Abraham was called God’s friend because he knew God and understood His ways. In my frazzled state, I could have easily given up and decided to wait another day. Till another day, when I could sit quietly before Him and hear but is it not the same God that is with us in the storm, the flood and the fire? God that is with me at all times, no matter what. So, as I read the text on Abraham, I understood that to know and walk in God’s ways is to walk right by faith. It is to be at rest in our spirit’s before Him, allowing Him to be God, and living out what we believe.
‘In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.’ Jeremiah 23:6
Our salvation, safety, peace, and righteousness before God are in Jesus Christ. As we walk by faith in the redemption, He secured for, and as led by His Spirit, we will know and walk in God’s ways. As God’s Spirit guides us, He will teach us to love, understand, and serve God according to our callings and gifts. So, in Christ Jesus, we can hear God for ourselves, know Him, and live out our lives for Him.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12
God asked the prophet, Jeremiah, to tell the people that they had abandoned the fountain of living waters for broken cisterns. The acceptable time, the time of grace is here. Go before the fountain of life to drink from Him and live life abundantly. The verses in Psalm 128 states that it shall be well with us, with our spouses/families, and our children. I believe that as we continually seek His ways over ours, the blessedness of our lives will speak.
May this week bring you closer to God and to know His ways.
Till next time, be transformed!!!