“So you must take care to do as Adonai your God has commanded you—do not turn aside to the right or to the left. 30 You are to walk in all the way that Adonai your God has commanded you.” —Deuteronomy 5:29-30a
God chose the nation of Israel for a specific purpose and to fulfill that purpose they needed to follow a specific path—to do all that God commanded them. This is re-emphasized in the warning not “to turn aside to the right of to the left.” In other words, God was saying follow the path exactly as I have laid it out to you and you will fulfill your purpose.
The same is true for us. God has blessed us with spiritual gifts for a particular purpose and put us on this journey. The first and most important part of our purpose is to glorify God. The second depends on what our particular gift and purpose is. This is not the same for you as it’s for me. I love to write, encourage, and advocate on behalf of others but you may not have that same set of gifts. We must all pray and ask the Lord to help us discern how to use our gifts to fulfill our purpose in this life.(more…)
“Bless Adonai, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: He forgives all your iniquity. He heals all your diseases.” – Psalm 103:3
Sickness is the outworking of sin. Not necessarily our own sin, but the sinful condition of this fallen world. We are often wise to seek medical care for our physical ailments but the same is not always true for our spiritual condition. The Psalmist recognized the importance of first treating our spiritual condition and then our physical. This also points to who or what is most important to us! God must always be our primary focus, for He is the one who provides for our every need—”forget not all His benefits.” this is also why scripture says, “Delight yourself in Adonai, and He will give you the requests of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).(more…)