"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: May 13

"For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight; for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward" ~ Isaiah 52:12

Here are many things which are easily missed without careful seeing into the very depths of this deep "blue stone" verse. Many things which increase our faith. Which cause us to be willing to enter into the very rhythm of God's life.

And once we have entered into this oneness with Him, we begin to see how simple life becomes. Not easy, but simple. It is only when we stumble back into our own rhythm that we begin to grab wildly for "more faith." Faith is being one with God. Then we know about Him. Then whatever He does is all right.

"For ye shall not go out with haste, nor by flight ..." How is this possible? What keeps us from running ahead of God? What prevents our "going out by flight"? What causes us not to try to escape? The answer to all of these questions is simply that God has already gone before us. "The Lord will go before thee."

He knows what's up ahead. He's been there. And if we are obedient and with Him in fellowship each step of the way, it is more ridiculous to think that we would run ahead than to think we would not. He knows. He knows about the causes for our thinking we need to escape. He knows about the enemies of our soul's peace. We have no need to escape. No need to try any way other than the way of just being with Christ. He Himself "will be your rereward" (your "rear guard"). No need to flee to the edge of the world for peace and protection.

"... Your life is hid with Christ in God."

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