Posted by: admin888 Post Date: July 26, 2019

Follow His Directions

Jeremiah 29:11 tells us, “‘I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” God has plans for us, and He wants those plans to be fulfilled. Yet for this to happen, we must follow His direction.

When Joshua took over leadership of the Israelites, God said to him, in effect, “Though Moses is now dead, you have a big vision; it’s your time now to fulfill your purpose.” (See Joshua 1:1–6.) The Lord’s advice to Joshua was to obey His Word: Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful [“have good success” NKJV ].(vv. 7–8) In other words, God was saying, “You will be successful if you learn and follow My precepts and principles.” God guaranteed Joshua success if he would obey the commands that Moses himself had had to obey. Note that God didn’t tell Joshua to literally imitate Moses’ life, but to follow Moses’ principles, the ones Moses had used in his own work.

Likewise, you can never—nor should you ever—imitate another person’s life. Follow God’s principles in His Word and You will be an imitator of Your heavenly Father while carrying out the vision He has given you. (See Ephesians 5:1.)

Prayer: Father, teach me to follow Your precepts and principles. Help me to be attentive to everything You tell me in Your Word. I believe that success will follow me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought: God has plans for us, but they can be fulfilled only as we follow His direction.

Reading: Psalm 135–136; 1 Corinthians 12

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