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Throwback Thursday: The Paths

 

THE PATHS

 

He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness

For His name’s sake.   –Ps. 23:3

 

The shepherd leads the flock down the paths which are best for them. Sheep are prone to wander. They see a place where the grass is greener and off they go on their own path, not the one the shepherd has chosen. Eventually the shepherd will go find that wandering sheep and restore him back to the flock. However, the sheep may have experienced troubles because he was out of the shepherd’s will.

Christians are like those wandering sheep. Our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, leads us in the paths of righteousness – right living. Sometimes we stray off the path of righteousness to the path of sin. We cut back on tithing or cheat on our income taxes because we need a little more money for ourselves. We cut off our Bible study time because we need more time for ourselves. So the Christian has to encounter the consequences of leaving the paths of righteousness. Nevertheless, the Shepherd will restore that wandering Christian back to the flock.

Believers are given the reason why we need to follow the Good Shepherd. It is for His name’s sake. We don’t want to tarnish the name of Christ. Christians are to lift up the name of Jesus so that others may see Him.

“All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth, to such as keep His commandment and His testimonies.” (Ps. 25:10). “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Prov. 3:6).

Obedience to God will keep you from wandering into trouble. Our good Shepherd will never lead us on a path which will harm us. The path may have a few rough spots, but His mercy will carry you over them. Stay on the Shepherd’s path.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.

 

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WILL GOD PROVIDE

WILL GOD PROVIDE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

Genesis 22:14 NKJV

Where will the money come from to pay the bills? What will we do? Have you ever asked yourself or your spouse these questions? The answer is simple. Go to the Father. God is Jehovah Jireh, “The-Lord-Will-Provide”.

God tested Abraham by commanding him to sacrifice Isaac, his only son (Gen. 22:1-2). Like most trials, this one did not make sense. God had never required a human sacrifice. It was in direct contrast to His nature. Why would God take Abraham’s son of old age, especially when He had promised to make Abraham the father of many nations?

Sometimes, God tests us so we can learn to trust Him. Abraham passed the test. Not once during the three-day journey did he question God. Abraham knew God as Jehovah Jireh. Abraham believed God would resurrect Isaac, even though he had never seen a resurrection (Heb. 11:17-19). Abraham even told his servants they would both return from the mountain. When Isaac asked his dad where the lamb was for the sacrifice, Abraham responded by assuring Isaac, and himself, God would provide

At the last moment, as Abraham raised the knife to slay his son, God stopped him. God did exactly what Abraham had told Isaac. He provided a ram for the sacrifice.

Abraham passed the test. He was obedient, at all cost, even to the point of sacrificing his son. God blessed Abraham’s obedience by promising him descendants more numerous than the stars (Gen. 22:18). Obedience always precedes blessing.

Christians go through many tests. Like Abraham, we must be obedient at all cost. God is still Jehovah Jireh. He will provide! When the checking account falls short, He will provide. When you are forced to choose between paying bills and purchasing food, He will provide. When you face insurmountable medical costs, He will provide. He may not move the mountain, but God will provide, just as He provided for Abraham.

We have no need to worry. We have God’s promise:

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

Our Father, we all worry. Help us to have faith like Abraham – a faith that trusts You completely. Thank You, Jehovah Jireh, for always providing exactly what we need. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read the entire passage in Genesis 22: 1-19.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Do you struggle trusting God to provide? What areas trouble you most? Pray for God to give you peace about this.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.