‘You have been wandering around in this hill country long enough; turn to the north. Give these orders to the people: “You will pass through the country belonging to your relatives the Edomites, the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. The Edomites will feel threatened, so be careful. Do not bother them, for I have given them all the hill country around Mount Seir as their property, and I will not give you even one square foot of their land.
Memory Verse: Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. Philippians 4:11
The bible is truly a treasure mine, full of God’s rich resources and immeasurable wisdom. It’s just very interesting to read through the bible and think oh really, I thought this or I thought that and that’s what truly makes the word beautiful to study. Today’s bible verse is one of such that makes you wonder as a child of God about where your boundaries are when it comes to certain issues in life. Sometimes we read bible verses and just hold onto those that seem to quench our thirst for that minute and we hold onto those words hoping that situations will change just because we apply the word of God to it.
There is a place in our lives for studying the word of God but there is also a place for the correct application of His word. The wisdom of God in you as a His child is what will help you apply the knowledge of His word correctly. Today’s bible text refers to the wandering phase of the Israelites in the wilderness under the leadership of Moses. Moses continued to give an account of how the Israelites wandered endlessly after they had disobeyed the Lord and angered Him with their constant murmuring and unbelieve. The Lord took them through a self-discovery journey and taught them self-control. Though God had made promises with them as His chosen people, they were not to operate with lack of control. They could not just have everything they wanted.
Christianity is not the password for lack of control. The word of God does not bend to support our wants and ideas but it is used to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. The word of God is for correcting us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses HIs word to prepare and equip his us to do every good work, 2Timothy 3:16-17
Being a Christian does not automatically mean we can have everything. The world may be tempting and you may have what it takes to be in a position, but walking with God and working with the plan of God means that you may be in a position to own something but decide not to progress through because the Lord is not involved.
The Edomites were already in a position of threat because everyone knew the Lord was with the Israelites but the Lord warned His people not to take advantage of their vulnerability. Yes, we are Children of God and our father owns the universe but even as a child there are certain things that are off the table no matter how much we want them and pray for them.
Walking with God comes with listening to His word and walking according to His plan which means your life may not be where you want it to be but it is where God wants it to be and that’s what is most important.
- Father I thank you for your word that gives life and understanding
- I am sorry for all my murmuring and lack of self-control
- Help me from today Lord to put my flesh under, to rely totally on you and trust you with every decision of my life.
- Forgive me all my sins O Lord and let your mercy prevail over judgement
- Thank you Lord for answers to prayers, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.