Our Goings and ComingsBro. David Chancellor
1/28/2007 11:00 AM
And Moses went and spake these words unto all Israel. And he said unto them, I am an hundred and twenty years old this day; I can no more go out and come in: also the LORD hath said unto me, Thou shalt not go over this Jordan. The LORD thy God, he will go over before thee, and he will destroy these nations from before thee, and thou shalt possess them: and Joshua, he shall go over before thee, as the LORD hath said.
Moses was at the point where it was time for a change of leadership. Moses had reached the point where he could no longer physically handle the responsibility. God knows about our goings and comings – the affairs of our lives.
Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Whereas thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria: This is the word which the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee. Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel. By thy servants hast thou reproached the Lord, and hast said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the height of his border, and the forest of his Carmel. I have digged, and drunk water; and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of the besieged places. Hast thou not heard long ago, how I have done it; and of ancient times, that I have formed it? now have I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste defenced cities into ruinous heaps. Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded: they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up. But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me. Because thy rage against me, and thy tumult, is come up into mine ears, therefore will I put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.
This was what God had to say to the king of Assyria. God told Hezekiah that he knew what was going on, and he had limitations set on this other king. God knows the affairs of our lives. He is aware of what you can’t discuss with anyone. He knows everything about your life.
God worked on this braggart king for the sake of Israel, his people. He would rather put within us something that would regulate our lives without putting something there to force us to go against our own will. He shouldn’t have to drag us around and force us to do right. He wants to change us to where we desire to do right.
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
We go in through Christ and are saved. When we enter into Christ, we can live life and have what we need from God in this life. We’re still involved in this life, but we have found something to feed our souls. We can go about our business without desiring to take advantage of others. It’s possible to get discouraged with the routine of life. When it gets that way, we can go to God and find strength and encouragement to go on. Jesus came so that we can have abundant life. God created things for us to enjoy in this life.
For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.
If you go the wicked way, you’ll get burnt up. Life won’t be all that it could be. God has something better than the wicked way. When you find Christ you can go forward with something better. When you find Christ, you can be like a frisky calf. The young calf doesn’t worry, but just enjoys life. When you find Christ, you don’t have to worry. We can take those cares to God and let him handle them. You can go forward with a joyous life in Christ. For those who continue in sin, life will be miserable. There is an accountability to those who have come to a realization of Christ and turn him down. We don’t want to follow the path of the wicked. When we turn to Christ, even the most mundane parts of our life become better.
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
The prudent man considers his life and his purpose. He finds the reason he is here and lives accordingly. We’re not here by chance; we’re here because God spoke the world into existence. The prudent man looks at his life and makes the right choice. What is central in your life? Is Christ there? The condemnation and guilt can be over and your life can be better. Jesus came and is risen so that we can have an abundant life. Life is different when you know things are clear between you and God. It’s good to be able to look there and find the answer for all that you face.