This path less chosen…
I began to read the expanded Scriptures again today from a Daily Devotional by Dr. Charles Stanley and the InTouch Ministry [Daily Devotional]. Where daily, up until two months ago, I would religiously read the full article and Scriptures and later post it on this Blog, I now no longer read commentary. I have the utmost respect for Dr. Charles Stanley and it is clear to me that he is a mighty man of faith. But… God created me with a spirit for relationship with Him also, and I am not to trade that communication for another’s.
The Scriptures are living, breathing, and sharper than any two-edged sword… for me, even me. I am not to adopt the spirit of another, their interpretation of the Scriptures [unless otherWise noted by Him], or their gifts from God. I have to stay ever vigilant in faith that I do not look to the right or to the left; that I do not look toward others for their approval or their definition of who I am in the Lord. It is not an easy road to be on. It has potholes of adversity and persecution bigger than ever expected. It is not one I would have personally picked or ever imagined victory with it. But now, having testimony of Perseverance and Grace* in this Life, I can now say… It is well chosen for me; one well Worth It… This path less chosen.
I am to follow the path HE has set before me: hear the Word He speaks to me, and the wisdom to KNOW the difference. So today, I begin where He has led me…
Maybe you, if you have been following my blogs, have noticed that I no longer subscribe to telling others what to do, nor what to believe, or what to interpret… but that all people for themselves, Ask, Seek, and Knock for the Lord first, in all things [Matthew 7:7-8, Matthew 6:25-33-34]. Trusting in the Lord with all their heart… Leaning not on their own understanding… In all ways acknowledging Him… Knowing, He will make the path straight. [Proverbs 3:5-6] On this path, we are to… “Walk by Faith, not by sight.” [2 Corinthians 5:7]
“If you follow me”, do so only as far as the Lord’s Alter. This is where I end, where I leave you. Know that you are not alone. His eyes are upon you. His hand is with you. His Spirit will guide you. My soul job is to lead you to HIM. I put my full trust in the Lord’s guiding Spirit, which He, knowing your best interest and the direction for your path, will love upon you and with you… as you go. [Genesis 12]
As you “Go”, on the straight and narrow path, know you have been chosen for such a time as this. Hear His Word over you, for you; and go, where He says “Go”; and do, what He says “be done”.
AGAIN… I am to follow the path HE has set before me: hear the Word He speaks to me, and the wisdom to KNOW the difference. So today, I begin where He has led me…
The Birth of Moses
1Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi. 2The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months. 3But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch Then she put the child into it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile. 4His sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him. 5The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the Nile, with her maidens walking alongside the Nile; and she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid, and she brought it to her. 6When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the boy was crying. And she had pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” 7Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women that she may nurse the child for you?” 8Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go ahead.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. 9Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. And she named him Moses, and said, “Because I drew him out of the water.” 11Now it came about in those days, when Moses had grown up, that he went out to his brethren and looked on their hard labors; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12So he looked this way and that, and when he saw there was no one around, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13He went out the next day, and behold, two Hebrews were fighting with each other; and he said to the offender, “Why are you striking your companion?” 14But he said, “Who made you a prince or a judge over us? Are you intending to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and said, “Surely the matter has become known.”
Moses Escapes to Midian
15When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the presence of Pharaoh and settled in the land of Midian, and he sat down by a well. 16Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters; and they came to draw water and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17Then the shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses stood up and helped them and watered their flock. 18When they came to Reuel their father, he said, “Why have you come back so soon today?” 19So they said, “An Egyptian delivered us from the hand of the shepherds, and what is more, he even drew the water for us and watered the flock.” 20He said to his daughters, “Where is he then? Why is it that you have left the man behind? Invite him to have something to eat.” 21Moses was willing to dwell with the man, and he gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses. 22Then she gave birth to a son, and he named him Gershom, for he said, “I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.” 23Now it came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God. 24So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 25God saw the sons of Israel, and God took notice of them.
As I heard the Scripture… “2The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months. 3But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch Then she put the child into it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile.” …I could not dismiss the thought that Moses’ mother had ‘heard a Word’ from God. She KNEW what she was to do, what needed to “be done”. We are all human, flawed and weak vessels, but what mother could or would do this without hearing a divine intervention? Or like Abraham, with regard to the matter of Isaac? It takes FAITH… TRUST… WISDOM… HIM!
As the passage continues… I read of how Moses, feeling his roots… and possibly his calling, aimlessly wondered through his trials of life, walking through teachable encounters with skills out of his own wisdom, tools aided by his own understanding. [Exodus 2:11-12] But, who am I to judge? Have I not done what I’ve done, because I wanted it “done”? The Lord said “Thy will be done“! Not my will, HIS! “But Lord, I want to do it right… the first time.” “I want what You have for me.” And so, I believe this also to be true for Moses. He was a man chosen by God… to lead HIS people… the right way… God’s.
Exodus 2:24So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 25God saw the sons of Israel, and God took notice of them.
I do not believe that anyone or anything escapes from the Lord’s understanding or His divine plan. HE is not an ABSENT-minded Father. When my God takes notice of us, it is to say to me… “Prioritize your steps, My eyes are upon you.” “Speak from the heart I gave you, I’M listening.” “Do what is right, as I have taught you and wait for My next Word, instruction” My Father trains up His children in the way they should go… [Proverbs 22:6]
“Do what is right and wait” for the Lord. I heard these words this morning and after prayers of discernment, I see their relevance for today. Let me give you the tour, for your interpretation…
“These forty years… Have I gone without clothes to wear, food to eat, or a covering for my feet?” … jams
Deuteronomy 2:7 The LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.
Deuteronomy 8:3-5 3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. 4 Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. 5 Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.
“My Lord has been with me and for me since the beginning. There is no place I have gone or no thing I have done that has escaped HIS knowing. There is nothing that could separate us, unless it is given permission.” … jams
Hebrews 4:12-13 12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
Romans 8:35, 37-39 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
“To do what is right I must remember… His laws written on my heart, His Scriptures embedded in my understanding, His words guided by the Holy Spirit, His love song over me, His Triumphs and Testimonies in spite of me, HIS Perseverance, Grace*, Strength, and Wisdom… for me.” … jams
Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands.
27 And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
5Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
“To wait upon the Lord for clarification and confirmation…” … jams
2 Hear my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to You I pray.
3 In the morning, LORD, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly.
4 For You are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with You, evil people are not welcome.
13 I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD.
20 We wait in hope for the LORD;
He is our help and our shield.
21 In Him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in His Holy Name.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. Anyone who hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20
And so FAITH, TRUST, WISDOM carries through to the end… THis path less chosen.
I thank and praise You, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, You have made known to me what we asked of You, You have made known to us the dream of the King.”
*[PG… see also, His Parental Guidance]