People from many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of Jacob’s God. There he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For the Lord’s teaching will go out from Zion; his word will go out from Jerusalem. (Micah 4:2)
Relate: A little honesty? When I saw what I had for today’s daily scripture reading my first thought was, “Yes, I’ve got Micah.” Since I am trying to do an advent devotional each day I figured this one was easy. Then I saw that I was only covering the first four chapters and “But you Bethlehem, in the land of Judah…” would have to wait for tomorrow, my next thought was, “Doh.” No, seriously. Doh, isn’t something I just write or even occasionally say for effect. It really is part of my mental vocabulary and I let out a big one just minutes ago.
Then I felt guilty about that. Sometimes, I think I already know what I want to talk about and then try and find a scripture that can remotely fit it. That is bad preaching and it is just as bad devotional writing. For those times I have done it, I am sorry. There are so many beautiful and deep treasures found each day in the scripture I am reading. If none of that seems to fit into what I am wanting to write about then the problem is with my desires and agenda, not with scripture.
The thing is, God has so much to teach but I am much eager to learn some things than others. We are called to walk in His paths, but some directions I am so much more eager to go than others. But if I am only following Him when it works for me, is it truly Him leading? If I am only learning what fits into my preconceived agenda, is He really the one teaching?
React: When Jesus came to earth, many religious leaders never became His disciples because they did not like the path down which His teaching led. Many of His early disciples left off when they saw how hard His teaching could be. There is a common phrase I hear a lot around this time of year, “Wise men still seek Him.” This is true. I would love to be counted among those wise men, but that means I need to continue to follow even when the road gets hard. There are those from among many nations who are crying out today, “Come, let’s go…” Am I counted among them? Are you?
God, I come. Even when the road is hard, still I come. Even when the teaching gets difficult, still I hear and help me to learn from You. I want to follow You anywhere. No matter what You have in store, no matter where You might lead, let me be walking in Your paths.