If it’s your birthday, do you want an empty box, or one with a gift in it? Be real.
Text for Today – Exodus 23:25-26 – And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfill.
I’m about to break with tradition, here, so hold on for the ride. I believe I can accurately apply my thoughts to this passage because it is the will of God that our days be productive, that we be always and increasingly fruitful, and that we redeem the time. I believe God has more in store for us than a number of days, but full days. I wonder how many people at one or more points in their life, and especially in their later years, look back on their life, their accomplishments, and how they have impacted the lives of others and thought, “I could have done so much more”?
I was reflecting on that very thing one day when I read this passage, along with Ephesians 2:10. There it was put plainly before me that God had ordained certain things in my life that He expected me to do. Since God is not a wasteful God, and since He has commanded that I should redeem the time, then my life must already have a myriad of good works in which the Lord desires me to walk in my lifetime. I am convinced that there is no time to waste. And if there is no time to waste, then the Lord does not expect me to have empty hours, days, weeks, months, and certainly not years. Yet it becomes so easy to fall into the rut of mundane activities that we can think are so necessary, and in so doing, lose sight of the great things the Lord wants us to do to enhance and bless His kingdom.
So, I urge you today, dear saint, let nothing hinder you from fulfilling all the Lord wants and has planned for you to do. He wants your life enriched and full of blessing. Train yourself to hear His still small voice speaking to your heart about the place He desires for you to walk. Determine to walk in absolute obedience to His Word, and that you will likewise obey the promptings and leadings of Holy Spirit. Plan your days to make time for listening to and hearing from the Lord, and then carry out His instructions, always following His leading. He will order your steps in such a way that your every day is full of blessing and opportunity to be a blessing. When we consider the fact that in two to three years, Jesus carried out all the earthly ministry it took to bring about our total redemption, and prepare Himself for His enthroning on our behalf, how much should we accomplish in a lifetime? Just consider today; do you want empty days, or full. Let Him fill every day you have with Himself. What a joy!
Manna for Today – Psalm 91; 3 John 2; 1 Kings 3:14; Exodus 20:12; Genesis 6:3; Ephesians 2:10