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Psalms 81:13 Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, [and] Israel had walked in my ways!
About-Him.Com Devotional 02-28-2015
Our Ways Versus God's Ways
In Psalms 81:13. God poured out His heart concerning a backslidden Israel, who continually followed after their own ways rather than seeking the ways of God. They had forgotten their slavery in Egypt and their deliverance through the Red Sea. They forgot about the manna in the desert and the water that sprang forth from a rock. They had forgotten the many times that the hand of God delivered them from a superior enemy. Time and again they repented their worship of idol gods, and God granted them mercy. When Judah returned from captivity, they gave up idol worship forever. Sadly, Israel never repented of their idolatry and as a result were dispersed over wide areas.
Perhaps we could rephrase the above verse: “ Oh that America had hearkened unto me, [and] America had walked in my ways!”
Many acknowledge that we now live in a post Christian era. Even our president has stated that we are not a Christian nation. We’ve forgotten our foundation and driven the name of God and the mention of Jesus from our public schools and public discourse while bending over backwards to accommodate those who worship a false god. Now these whom we have accommodated are ready to kill us. Oh that we had hearkened unto the Lord and had walked in His ways.
On a personal level: When we get into trouble because of our own stubbornness how often have we lamented, “Oh that I had hearkened unto the Lord and had walked in His ways!”
God reminds us that His ways are far above our ways. His thoughts are far above our thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Because of the great gulf between us, I cannot approach God on an intellectual basic or in my own wisdom. The wisdom of man is foolishness with Him (1 Co. 3:19). There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof is death (Pr. 16:25).
God bridged the gulf between us when He purchased us with His own blood (Ac. 20:28) on the cross of Calvary. When we became new creations in Christ, God gave us His mind and His Spirit. We quit thinking like the natural man and sought to learn the ways of God (2 Co. 5:17). Because we have been made partakers of His nature (2 Pe. 1:4) we think with the mind of Christ (1 Co. 2:16; Php. 2:5) and act and react accordingly.
The psalmists praised the magnitude of God’s works and His thoughts towards us as being incomprehensible. Psalms 40:5 Many, O LORD my God, [are] thy wonderful works [which] thou hast done, and thy thoughts [which are] to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: [if] I would declare and speak [of them], they are more than can be numbered.
Psalms 92:5 O LORD, how great are thy works! [and] thy thoughts are very deep.
As we strive to learn the ways of God, we realize that we’ll never totally comprehend Him in this life. We’ve only started, but the apostle John reminds us that when we see Him, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is (1 Jo. 3:2).
Romans 11:33 ¶ O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
36 For of him, and through him, and to him, [are] all things: to whom [be] glory for ever. Amen.
Help us dear Lord, to consider our ways and measure them against your ways.
Song: My God, My King and My Redeemer
After 9/11, there were a lot of things being said about how the God of Islam and the God of the Christian faith were one and the same, but that's simply not true ... The God that I worship does not require me to kill other people. The God that I worship tells me I am to love my enemy, to give him food when he's hungry and water when he's thirsty. - FRANKLIN GRAHAM, Newsweek, Aug. 14, 2006
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