THURSDAY 13TH SEPT., 2018
WORD FOCUS: BE AT PEACE IN OBSCURITY
TEXT: Isaiah 46:10 “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things
that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:…”
The desert is a place of obscurity- a place or situation that is difficult to see, hear or understand. Moses had to cope with being a nobody. All his adolescent and adult life, he had been a big-time somebody. The spotlight followed his every move, much as the contemporary spotlight follows royals. Every time Moses stood, people looked up expectantly. Every time he addressed them, people stopped talking and listened. Every time he strolled through the streets, heads turned.
Sheep don’t do that. You can say whatever you want, you can turn backflips while reciting poetry, and the flock won’t be impressed at all. They’ll go right on feeding their faces. As much as you and I may appreciate wool sweaters and wool socks, sheep are basically unintelligent and unresponsive animals. Also, Moses had the pleasure of their company for four long decades of his life. Perhaps you identify with this situation. As you read, you’re nodding your head. You are taking some course work in obscurity yourself; you find yourself struggling every day with the limitations you’ve had to endure. You have been forced by the very nature of the desert to give up many of the privileges, perks, and activities you once enjoyed and held most dear. Now you’re “just getting by,” subsisting on the absolute basics of life. That is God’s plan, my beloved. For instance, if you would graduate from His school of the desert, you must take classes in obscurity; it is the first required course of the school. In other words, if you walk in the valley of the shadow of any of these; storm, death, sickness, lack of financial stability etc. The peace of God in you will make you a certified winner.
Here is the unvarnished truth: If you don’t learn to live peacefully with obscurity, you will repeat that course until you do. You cannot skip this one and still graduate. Learn to be at peace with obscurity. Like our senior brother Joseph unknowingly and unwittingly cooperated with God in making his like more beautiful. Just remember and know all we face shall and will come to pass- so they are shadows in the hands of the Almighty. Study these Scriptures Isa. 41:18, Neh. 9:19-20, Jn. 4:13-14.
MEDITATION: 1Cor 14:33, Isa 33:21
STUDY THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
2 SAM 1/1 COR.14/EZEK.13/PS.38
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