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“Consult God’s instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.” Isaiah 8:20 NIV
When we reject the gentle flow of God’s Word and instruction, sometimes He has to turn up the volume so that we can hear it. Sometimes the gentle, flowing river has to become a raging flood, especially when we have fallen off God’s path. He has to remind us where we come from and who we are. We are children of the King. Our lives are not our own. We are members of a royal tribe.
When we look to our culture to define our destiny and purpose, we are asking for trouble. It’s full of traps, deceit and trickery to take us way off course. It is a course that seeks to destroy our identity in Christ and fill us with doubt, dismay, fear and insecurity. It is a world full of comparison, anxiety and greed. We get caught up in things that make us “feel” good but may not be good for us. They are fleeting and there is always something better that will come along. No matter how bright and shiny something appears, it is not made or designed to last.
By contrast, God’s instruction and the testimony of Jesus offer a lasting peace and a sense of belonging. They bring a satisfaction in knowing we are precious and chosen. We do not have to claw and fight for recognition. Jesus has already fought the fight. We have been recognized as family and welcomed with love. We have been adopted. We have been grafted into an eternal Life-source.
Father, forgive me when I wander. Help me listen to Your call and find my way back. Thank you for never leaving me, even when I don’t follow You.