Daily D – Isaiah 48:17-18
Isaiah 48:17, 18
This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.” (NIV)
This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow. Oh, that you had listened to my commands! Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river and righteousness rolling over you like waves in the sea.” (NLT)
Come to think of it, almost all of my regrets are evidence of times when I had to have it my way instead of God’s way. Almost all of my restlessness and irritation has come because I chose to be powerful rather than patient.
Here are several things I have learned in my lifetime so far:
1. I am not God.
2. I am not in charge here.
3. My way is not the best way.
4. God meets me where I am and leads me where I need to go.
5. God always leads me in the right direction.
6. God always provides the peace of his presence when I acknowledge him.
7. Walking with God is like a day at the beach and mountain hike all in one.
Peace and purpose are God’s good gifts to all who learn what God is teaching and who follow where he leads.
We can live with our regrets and “If only’s,” or we can enjoy the peace and gentleness of our kind and loving Father in heaven.
God wants to lead your dance today. He knows all the steps. He will make you look better than you are. You will have more fun. You will share more meaning. You will be filled with delight. In other words, regret is not inevitable.
Pay attention to God, his will, and his ways. This is the way of beauty, wonder, awe, and delight.
I will live with peace and purpose by following Jesus along the path he has marked out for this day.
Our Father, I will follow your path. I will choose the goodness you offer. I will live with peace and purpose as I listen to what you instruct and do what you say. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.