Today’s scripture reading:Exodus, chapters 22-24
Friends, even in reading through the laws and rules that kick-off today’s scripture reading, I am continually reminding myself to see this time in the Bible through fresh eyes. That one thought alone helped me soak in every word of the Word, but my heart didn’t jump until I was about mid-way through today’s scripture reading.
“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.” (23:20, NIV)
God sent guardian angels ahead of the Israelites, to guide and protect them as they continue along the path He had set for them. I believe the same is true for each of us. The Spirit dwells in me at all times, and I believe it is that indwelling that helps me to follow along and recognize the path He sets for my life; then, as an added bonus, my guardian angels lead the way, clearing my path, and protecting me from obstacles that are not in line with His plan for me.
This raises a much-debated question of free-will in our lives. If God lives in us and guardian angels walk ahead of us for protection and guidance, what choices to we have in our own human right to do and act and be? The answer: all the choice in the world. From Adam on, “The man has now become like one us of, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:22, NIV).
We have the choice to walk with the Lord and follow His path, or we can choose our own way and essentially go against His will for our lives. But I, for one, do not want that. I have no qualms about being subservient to His will for my life because, quite honestly, I want my life and my impact to be as great as it can be! I could choose to live life my own way and still be super-productive and successful by man’s standards, but I want to be super-productive and successful by the standards God has set for my life. That’s where it counts.
Make it a great day,
Day 38 reading: Exodus, chapters 25-27