Today's Devotional Thought
February 22, 2011 by Rachel Piferi
The Path to Your Canaan
As we’ve mentioned before, Wendy & I are reading through the Bible chronologically with Wendy Pope of Proverbs 31 Ministries. And right now, we’re in Leviticus. Have you ever read through Leviticus before? I have to be honest, it hasn’t been one of my favorite books in the past. It is full of instructions from God regarding the priests and the tabernacle and how the Israelites are supposed to worship and approach God. The Israelites are being instructed on how to be holy and live pleasing in God’s sight. As it says in Leviticus 19:2, "...You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy."
While I haven’t been a big fan of the book in the past, as I am reading through it this time, I am actually gaining a new perspective on it. You see, the Israelites have been delivered from Egypt by God and they are currently on their way to their promised land. They are not there yet, but God has promised it to them. And what we have in the book of Leviticus are God’s instructions to them about how they can maintain their relationship with him. At the end of the book, God tells them that he will continue to guide them, bless them, and be with them as long as they keep his commands. God wants their devotion as their one and only God. And in exchange for their worship and devotion, he promises to reward them for their obedience. In verse 12 of chapter 26, God states, “I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.” As I have read through this book, I am struck by how God only wants the Israelites’ devotion to him. And in exchange, he is delivering them from captivity and leading them to a promised land.
Sweet friends, the same is true for us today. God only wants your devotion and obedience to him. And in exchange, he will deliver you from your captivity and lead you to your promised land. In fact, the road to your promised land is paved with obedience and allegiance to the one and only true God.
Do you have things in your life that are interfering with your worship of and obedience to God? Are there things in your life that keep you from doing what God commands? Are these things keeping you from entering your promised land?
God has a glorious land for you to live in. But, you must obey him, keep his commands, and follow his lead to it. Oftentimes, it may feel like you are wandering in the desert with just a book full of rules. But friends, the rules that God asks us to obey are for our own good and they show him that we trust him and are devoted to him above everything else.
My prayer for you today is that you will continue obeying God’s instructions for your life. Keep his commands and listen for his leading in various areas of your life. And allow your obedience to him to be an outward sign that he is the Lord Your God. When your obedience becomes a consistent sign of your devotion to him, I believe that you will find yourself closer to your promised land. The blessings that come from obeying the Lord are unexplainable and just like the Israelites eventually found out, there is a land filled with blessings that God wants to lead you to. Walk down that path today by obeying, submitting, and demonstrating your allegiance to the one true God.