Daily D – Hosea 14:9
Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the LORD are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall. HOSEA 14:9 (NLT)
GOD’s paths get you where you want to go.
Right-living people walk them easily;
wrong-living people are always tripping and stumbling.
“Where do you want to go today?” Microsoft asked this question in a major advertising campaign beginning in the 1994 Christmas season. The idea was to make computer technology less intimidating. The internet was new and fresh. AOL and Compuserve provided access to the wonders of the World Wide Web.
Where do you want to go today? What does your map look like? I will go to work at our office today so that we can clean the building. Becky will clean toilets. Gary will vacuum and sweep. Our assistants will dust and clean the windows. I will mop.
We will have our first in-person staff meeting in a month or so, socially distanced of course. Then Becky and I are meeting with two leaders who need wise counsel. Since it is Friday and our office is closed on Friday afternoon, I am coming home to take a nap. Then I will get a haircut. My bride has arranged six holes of golf with our son-in-law to follow that.
Baseball is back at long last and returns some sense of normality to our world. I will need to check in on all that is going on with my fantasy league players. I will read a bit and turn in for the day.
Let us review: I get to hang out with my wife, daughter, and son-in-law. I get to spend time with my coworkers. I get to spend an hour with one of the most grateful immigrants in the USA. I get to enjoy recreation on a warm summer evening. I get to unwind with a good book. I get to lie down and rest peacefully.
That’s a good day.
Some days are more adventurous. Others are less so. Today will go down in my journal as what some might call Just Another Day. When I call it to memory, it will be the relationship engagements standing out from the flashing of the seconds and accumulating minutes and hours on my Apple Watch.
Today I will go into the future with my coworkers as we create anticipated outcomes with our present plans. We will decide to do work which extends God’s kingdom and multiplies disciples. We will make preparations to build a better world. We will marshal resources to turn these dreams into reality.
Today we will ask powerful questions that unlock understanding. Today we will offer what wisdom we have gained in service to those seeking direction.
Today I will honor God with my body by resting. I will nap so that I can operate at full capacity when I engage with the woman who cuts my hair and with my family.
Today I will honor God with my mind by stretching it in new ways. I will add to what I have learned in the past in preparation for the future. I will lie down and rest so that I can perform tomorrow’s duties from a place of rest physically, intellectually, and emotionally. Then I will capitalize on this refreshment as I start tomorrow in God’s presence and ask him, “Where would you like for me to go today?”
He is asking you now, “Where do you want to go today?” His path will get you where you really want to go. He has a way of turning the ordinary details of our lives into extraordinary adventures.
I will walk God’s path with him today.
Our Father, show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Direct my steps. Lead me along your paths. Guide me with your loving direction. Amen.
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6 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:
7 “Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
8 “Would you discredit my justice?
Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
9 Do you have an arm like God’s,
and can your voice thunder like his?
10 Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor,
and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.
11 Unleash the fury of your wrath,
look at all who are proud and bring them low,
12 look at all who are proud and humble them,
crush the wicked where they stand.
13 Bury them all in the dust together;
shroud their faces in the grave.
14 Then I myself will admit to you
that your own right hand can save you
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Job 40:6–14.
Job 29:21-25 21 “People listened to me expectantly,
waiting in silence for my counsel.
22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;
my words fell gently on their ears.
23 They waited for me as for showers
and drank in my words as the spring rain.
24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it;
the light of my face was precious to them.
25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief;
I dwelt as a king among his troops;
I was like one who comforts mourners.