The Ways and the Paths – Part 3
道与路 – 第三部
“Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD.”
God called Abraham to leave his country, his people and his father’s household and go to the land that God would show him. This call came with God’s promise of making Abraham into a great nation and all peoples on earth would be blessed through him (Ge 12:1-3). God’s purpose was to make Abraham into the father of faith, not only to the Israelites, but also to the gentiles like us who are saved through our faith in Jesus Christ. God’s way to accomplish this purpose was to set Abraham apart from his idol worshiping environment, getting him to leave his country, his people and his father’s household. Since then Abraham became a sojourner in the land of Canaan, solely following God and minimizing the influence of the world of idolatry on him. Today God also wants to shape
us the believers into a people of faith. His way is for us to pledge our allegiance to Christ our King and live as though this world is not our home. Jesus Christ said in His prayer for His disciples just before He went to the cross, that “they are not of the world,” even as Jesus was not of it (Jn 17:16). As followers of Christ we must live in this world as though we are not of the world.
After Moses led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, God went ahead of His people on their journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for them to camp and to show them the way they should go (Dt 1:33). God’s purpose for the Israelites in doing this was for them to enter the Promised Land as a free people, demonstrating to the pagan nations the abundant life that a people obedient to God could have. God’s way to do that was to lead them with the column of fire by night and the column of cloud by day, personally directing them and providing for their needs. Today God also wants us to enter our Promised Land, the Kingdom of God, testifying to the world with our obedient life God’s abundant blessings. His way to accomplish this purpose is for us to be the light of the world, letting the presence of the Holy Spirit shine through our life. For the Bible says, “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” (Ps 37:5-6)
To be continued next week.
May we willingly become the people of faith, entering God’s Promised Land for our life. May we be obedient to His ways and His paths, living in this world but not of it, allowing the Spirit to shine through our lives like the noonday sun, giving testimony to the glory of God.
Tom and Tehwan Tso
“The outcome of your faith is the salvation of your souls.” 1Peter 1:9
“信心的果效， 就是灵魂的救恩” 彼得前书1：9__