Monday, April 07, 2008

The Un-Mysterious Will of God.

There are many things about the Lord that I do not and may never understand. I remember as a child and teenager at Camp Hope wondering if I would ever know God's will. But as I study the scriptures, knowing God's will is not the hard part. God reveals His will through His word. The hard part is keeping it.

Here are some of examples from today's reading...
Deut. 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

There is mystery, but God has revealed to us what we need to know that we may please Him in obedience.
Deut. 28:47 Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things, 48 therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness, and lacking everything.

The Israelites were to obey the teachings of God. What was hard for them was doing so with joy and gladness and not taking everything for granted. I have the same problem today.

Luke 11:27 As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” 8 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!

This woman wants to celebrate the life that gave life to Jesus, and He cries back, the blessing WILL come to those who simply hear God's word and live it.

God's will for us is not some mysterious, unwritten ooze out there in the cosmos. It's clearly given in the Bible. The question isn't "Do you know what to do?" The question is "Will you do it?"

Lord, you have revealed Yourself to us. Please help me to hear Your word and to live it!

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