THE ROADMAP or THE GPS
Suggested Reading: Micah 3-4
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Key Verse: Micah 4:2
Many nations shall come and say,
“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
He will teach us His ways,
And we shall walk in His paths.”
For out of Zion the law shall go forth,
And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
In yesterday’s reading there is a contrast between “Do not My Words do good to him who walks uprightly” (Micah 2:7b), and the twice-repeated word, “prattle” or “incessant babble” (Micah 2:6 &11). The consistent reading of God’s Word does us GOOD! We can’t avoid taking in “prattle,” but we can keep it to a minimum.
Micah 3 gives us an example of “prattle,” those “who chant peace” (Micah 3:5). Jeremiah writes of those who “Say, ‘peace, peace’ when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:14b). The Apostle Paul writes, “For when they say, ‘peace and safety,” then sudden destruction comes upon them” (read 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11). Many peace activists must not realize that their starting point is all wrong. Micah 4 makes it clear that first we must take in “the Word of the Lord” (Micah 4:2b). As a result of God’s Word in the hearts and minds of people, God will rebuke “strong nations” and “they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, etc. (Micah 4:3).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, through Isaiah You told me that You would keep me in perfect peace when my mind is stayed or anchored on You! I pray for discipline to be consistent in my input of Your Word into my mind every day! As a result, You will give me personal peace. I will be a peaceful place in the midst of a world in turmoil. May Your peace spread through me to others. In the Name of “the Prince of peace,” Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I’m in Florida where Norma-Jean and I have a mobile home in a senior’s park. I’m using that mysterious thing to me called “WiFi.” I understand it is facilitated by a satellite somewhere up above the earth. I’ve just purchased a GPS (global positioning system) unit for my motorcycle, as I plan, God willing, to ride it back to Canada shortly. I can find my directions to my sister Elaine’s place in Kentucky, and my nephew David’s place in Indiana on a road map, but that’s tough to follow, particularly on a motorcycle. “Mabel,” the name I call the GPS person who speaks into my ear inside my helmut with instructions, “Turn right” etc., will be a great help in getting me to the place to which I want to go. God’s Word is like that. The scholars consulted by King Herod were able to pinpoint the place of the birth of the new King by reading from the Word of God (but I should wait 24 hours, as that’s in tomorrow’s reading).
Yours for hearing God through reading His Word daily!