The PATH, March 22-28, 2021
Theme: This week as we continue to draw closer to Easter we will focus on growing in our knowledge of God. It has been said that the most important thing about a person is what that person thinks about Almighty God. With that being said we need to make sure that what we believe about God is from His word, so that we will be right in our beliefs. Right belief shapes our thinking and should also shape our actions and even our attitudes.
Monday – Exodus 33 (focus v. 18)
Moses’ passionate plea here is that God would show him His glory. Moses wants to see who God is. As one commentator puts it, “Moses wants an intimate knowledge of God Himself.” He has seen God’s power, he has received God’s promises, and he has been assured of God’s presence (v. 14) but Moses wants something more. He wants to know the person of God, because Moses knows that when he truly sees that he will be changed. He will be filled with a lasting sense of wonder and awe and will be filled up with a lasting satisfaction. I can’t help but wonder as I read Moses’ words what our lives would look like if that was our prayer for each day. Certainly if we got just a glimpse of God’s glory we would grow in faith and trust, we would worry less about the things of the world, and we would be more apt to stand strong against temptation. What kind of difference would it make if we prayed that for our worship services? If when we gathered together we gathered not just for the routine of it, but if we gathered longing to get a glimpse of who God is. It would change us, it would empower us and we would see people hunger for things of God which would lead to people coming to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Moses’ prayer may be 1000s upon 1000s of years old but it is a prayer that would be life changing and maybe even culture changing as well.
Tuesday – Leviticus 19 (focus v. 2)
Leviticus can be a very difficult book to read, after all it is filled up with all sorts of laws and regulations concerning a variety of things that we don’t think a lot about. In fact many times we might read Leviticus and come away saying “what is the point”? The point is simply the holiness of God. God is holy. That is why there were all of those laws and regulations given so that people could approach God. Today we are made holy and can approach God through the blood of Jesus Christ thankfully. Yet God is the same yesterday, today and forever, so God is still holy. We may not spend a lot of time thinking about God’s holiness, but we should. Yes the Bible makes it abundantly clear that God is a God of love, but it also reiterates time and time again that God is holy. That means that He is separate. He is not like us. He is without sin or blemish in any way, and in His holiness He calls us to be holy as well. How can we be holy? We are made holy first and foremost though the blood of Jesus Christ. We are holy because His blood has washed our sins away and we are Holy because His Spirit imputes His righteousness to us. In other words we are just holy because our sins are forgiven, we are holy because of that AND the fact that Jesus’ righteousness is credited to our account. Because of that we should make every effort to live in all Godliness and righteousness. Because we are declared positionally holy we should make every effort to live in practical holiness. This happens when we pray, when we read God’s word, when we repent of our sins and when we cry out to Him for help. We cannot stay away from sin on our own, we cannot do the right thing on our own, but we can through the power of God. God calls us to be holy, and then makes us holy through the blood of His son and then empowers us to live holy through His Holy Spirit. So even as we see the holiness of God, we also see God’s goodness and grace. Ask Him today to help you walk in holiness as you follow Him.
Wednesday – Job 19 (focus verse 25)
We all know that Job’s life had been filled with unbelievable pain and unspeakable struggle, yet here he triumphantly proclaims, “I know that my Redeemer lives.” In other words life has been unbearable, but I know that God is still God and I know that God is still good. He is my redeemer. The essence of redemption is “the recovery of that which is lost” and “the liberation of that which is bound.” One person says “to say that God is our redeemer is to say that God is capable of restoring what has been lost.” It is to say that God can restore relationships, that God can restore our missed opportunities and that one day God will restore this world. Saying that God is our Redeemer also means that God has liberated us from what enslaves us . God sets us free from the sins and fears that enslave us. Jesus purchased us out of slavery and set us free. He Redeemed us and one day He will further redeem us by restoring all the things that sin has destroyed. Because of that we ought to joyfully proclaim even as Job did that “our Redeemer lives!” Pray today and ask God to show you how He is working each and every day toward that redemption. Ask Him to help you trust that He is working for your good and for His glory at all times
Thursday – Zechariah 4 (focus verse 6)
The reader is told here that the rebuilding of the temple will occur not through might or power, but through the Spirit of God. The word that is used therefore might or power means substance, wealth or even military force. God is saying I’m going to rebuild my temple but it’s not going to happen through the things of the world or even through the power of the people of the world. He says I’m going to rebuild my temple through my Spirit. The people of God had a problem because the temple was destroyed. God says I’m going to fix the problem, not through the things of the world but through the power of My Spirit. I can’t help but wonder when I read these words how our lives would be different if we relied on the Spirit of God instead of trying to fix our problems ourselves. What about if we relied on the power of God to build (and even rebuild, after Covid) His church? If we truly realized that problems were solved by the power of God and that the church was built and rebuilt by the power of God we would spend time crying out to Him for help and for strength. In fact we would cry out to Him with passion and with purpose instead of wasting our energy trying to do it ourselves. God is good and we need to put that belief into action by calling on Him, and trusting Him for the results.
Friday – Romans 5 (focus v. 1-2)
God’s grace is on full display in Romans 5. Paul proclaims here that the grace of God reconciles us to God (v. 10). This grace is not given to us based on our own merits or accomplishments but totally on God’s goodness alone (Ephesians 1:6). This grace doesn’t just save us and then leave us however, this grace gives us the power DAILY to walk with God and do the things that God calls us to do (1 Corinthians 15:10) No wonder the hymn writer says, “Amazing Grace”. God’s grace truly sets us free, we no longer have to live to earn God’s favor, but now because of Jesus we can live everyday knowing that we are loved by God and because of that we can live our lives in gratitude wanting to glorify God because of all God has done for us. We aren’t trying to earn salvation, but instead we are living and loving because we have been given salvation! God saves us through His grace and empowers us through that grace as well. We don’t have to earn salvation and we don’t have to live out our faith on our own. God in His grace gives us the ability to follow Him. Again it is an absolutely amazing grace. Find some time today to read through Romans 5 and Ephesians 1 and be thankful for God’s amazing grace. You might even want to get a copy (if you need it) of the hymn “Amazing Grace” and spend some time reading it or singing it. Let the truth of the words hit you and realize that it is all about the grace of God!