What a wonderful God we have! Aren't you just amazed by His love and goodness to you? With obedience to the Word and commands of God, blessing always follows.
Verses 1 & 2. If we keep His commandments, He promises a long and peaceful life. Isn't this all we could really ask for? If we're wise, we'll not be seeking after things, beauty or popularity. As women who love the Lord and who want to grow in grace, our chief desire should be to glorify His holy name and to live in peace as we serve Him.
Verses 3 & 4. If we hold mercy and truth close to our hearts, God promises favour and good understanding in His own sight and in that of others.
Now we come to two of the all-time favourite verses of many of God's people - verses 5 & 6. We often quote these verses, to others as well as to ourselves, in times of confusion and a seeking of God's will for our lives. Notice the one important word that occurs twice - "all". It can be easy enough to partly trust what God is doing but to sit back and say, "OK Lord, You're in total control and I'm not going to manipulate things or try to work things out as I'd like to see them done." Remember how Sarah took matters into her own hands regarding Hagar and allowing Abraham to have her as a wife because she thought God was too slow in bringing His will to pass? What a disaster that turned out to be! We are to trust God with our whole heart. He knows what's up ahead or around the next corner...and we DO NOT, so we MUST trust that He knows what He is doing and WHEN He will do it. Seeking God's will is one of the hardest things a Christian can do, but it is vital. I remember once about ten years ago going outside of God's will because it seemed like the right thing to do. I prayed about it a bit, but not whole-heartedly; I rushed into things without having verses or a peace to confirm it was of the Lord. And it was the biggest mistake of my life which has affected me in certain ways until this very day. So now I am doubly cautious before I make any big (or even small) decisions. I MUST KNOW without a shadow of a doubt that it is what God wants. My husband always says 'If in doubt, don't'. That doesn't mean 'don't ever' but just not right now. In other words - wait; be patient until you are sure. Some steps you take, and especially if they are outside God's will, can be irreversible so there must be NO DOUBT! If we trust Him, wait on His leading, and acknowledge that He is in control and knows what He's doing, then the wonderful promise is this - "HE SHALL DIRECT THY PATHS".
- Pray that God will help you to be patient and to fully trust in Him and in His timing, especially if you are seeking His will today
- Pray that God will make His will so clear to you, that you have no doubts in the decisions you make
Hugs, Karen x