God's Faith-filled People - Trusting in God's Promises Today - Monday, August 28th
But He led forth His own people like sheep and guided them in the wilderness like a flock; He led them safely, so that they did not fear; but the sea engulfed their enemies. So He brought them to His holy land, to this hill country which His right hand had gained. Psalm 78:52-54
Today's thoughts from today's Scriptures:
The Scriptures designate the Jewish people as God’s chosen people and the land of Canaan as the promised land. In our country it was popular years ago to view the United States of America as a modern “chosen people” and “promised land.” “America the Beautiful” says, “America, America, God shed His grace on Thee.” While not as common a view these days in terms of Divine exaltation, it is still popular to think of our nation with a rather exalted image when it comes to power, privilege, and provision. It’s not hard to see how parallels between the origins of Israel and America were made and why borrowing the “chosen people” and “promised land” designations came about. In this week’s Devotional we turn to the account of God’s chosen people entering the promised land. While we certainly are not borrowing the “chosen people” and “promised land” designations for ourselves as a church who has relocated, there is much to learn from God’s relocation project of His people in the book of Joshua. The passage above speaks of God’s people getting out of Egypt and into the promised land, but it is said in terms that show that what happened was absolutely and totally a work of God. How to live by faith individually and collectively so that what happens going forward is absolutely and totally a work of God is our focus this week.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I want to discover the promises you have for your people today and trust you for them fully. Help me to understand and give myself to all you have in store for us as your people today. I pray that the work that you alone can do will be done in me and your church like never before. Your will be done for your honor and glory. Amen!
Posted on Mon, August 28, 2017
by Ken Hart