Bible Ballistics: Vol. 18 No. 03 Because I DON’T Know???
I shared some things in a study recently and really feel led to share them with you today; sometimes we wonder what we are supposed to do, where we are to go, or how we are to minister and use our gifts and callings to God’s glory and not our own; that is when we must run to our shepherd for HE has the answers, and will direct our steps if we will but “stop, look, and listen”!
“The LORD is
I shall not want.
2 He maketh
to lie down in green pastures:
beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth
in the paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil:
for thou art with
thy rod and thy staff they comfort
5 Thou preparest
a table before me
in the presence of mine enemies:
my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy
shall follow me
all the days of my life:
and I will dwell
in the house of the LORD
for ever.” Psalm 23:1-6
Oh, thank you Shepherd, for leading me—even when I’m slow to get it—you’re still leading. Help me to ever seek your face in all I do; for in following YOU I cannot fail.
The Psalmist has more to say that has always spoken to my heart, and I pray that it will speak to you. If we want to follow Jesus we must dig into HIS Word and use it as our road map of life, and our lode star, as well as our direction finder!
“Order my steps
in thy word:
and let not any iniquity
have dominion over me.” Psalm 119:133
Oh, to be found faithful before The Lord God Almighty, and Jesus, The Son, and we can only do that fully as we yield to HIS Spirit teaching us, guiding us, and helping us to understand what God is saying to us. HE opens our eyes when we can’t really see! HE speaks to our hearts when they feel dead, and HE will bring God’s Word to our heart when we need it most, if we will but heed HIS promptings. But ‘remember’, HE can only bring to our “re-membrance” what we have put in from the Word of God, or if you would, you have to “member” it before you can “re-member” it.
And in closing another of the Psalms to help set our direction toward our Lord, it’s one which I quote often to myself. I pray that it will encourage our hearts and help you draw near to God, for as James says:
“Draw nigh to God,
and he will draw nigh to you.
Cleanse your hands,
and purify your hearts,
ye double minded.” James 4:8
And from the Psalmist:
“Trust in the LORD,
and do good;
so shalt thou dwell in the land,
and verily thou shalt be fed.
4 Delight thyself also in the LORD;
and he shall give thee the desires
of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the LORD;
trust also in him;
and he shall bring it to pass.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness
as the light,
and thy judgment
as the noonday.
7 Rest in the LORD,
and wait patiently for him:
fret not thyself
because of him who prospereth
in his way,
because of the man who bringeth
wicked devices to pass.
8 Cease from anger,
and forsake wrath:
fret not thyself in any wise
to do evil.” Psalm 37:3-8
Just a bit of commentary—
When we trust The Lord—
it should show in our good and kind behavior.
And God’s provision will ever be present.
We are to delight ourselves in God—His person & His Word—
As we are delighted in God, our desires will be HIS!
Even as Jesus taught us…”THY kingdom…THY will”
We are to be committed to God in every way—
Trusting to HIS care, and patiently serving in grace—
Knowing that God will “bring it to pass”!
We must learn to rest in HIS providential care—
Knowing that true judgment IS IN HIS HANDS!
And the ‘biggy’—
We must “cease” from letting anger control our actions!
For while anger is an emotion, we must control it—
OR it will control us—
most often leading to evil actions
and often regret.
I pray that this will be of help and encouragement to you. And another word on anger (for it is a most dangerous tool of the enemy!)
“Be ye angry,
and sin not:
let not the sun go down
upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place
to the devil.” Ephesians 4:26-27
May you be blessed as you let Jesus “order” your steps!
Amen and Amen!!!