Monday, April 13, 2015

Cooperating with God's Plan - Proverbs 16:32, 21:22

Recently we put our attention on this verse, "And the spies saw a man come forth out of the city and they said unto him, Shew us we pray thee, the entrance into the city and we will shew you mercy.”

The historical reference to the story is important to understanding the verse and its application.  The Jews were instructed by Moses in military conquest of the Promised Land.  Inhabited by people of other tribes, these tribes were targeted to be overcome, driven out, killed and destroyed.  If not they would become “…thorns in their eyes…” (Numbers 33:55)

Though the New Testament believer does not wrestle with flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12), he does deal with mental concepts that contest God and His revealed truth (2 Corinthians 10:5).  Too often we compromise and allow these cities or strongholds to stand in opposition with God’s people.  The spies said correctly, “Shew us the way (secret passage) into the city.” 

Sometimes we are unwilling to cooperate with God’s spies.  They represent God’s reality.  Be sure to cooperate with it.  Some people prefer to escape or rebel.  

My strong encouragement for us is to cooperate with God’s plan and do things God’s way.  Surely, as we enter the city with God’s authority we are amazed at the joy, freedom and love of His purposes.  We make spiritual progress by overcoming these demonic strongholds.  2 Corinthians 10:2-5.
We see God put our enemies under our feet.  Ephesians 1:23

1 comment:

  1. This is an awesome devotional. I love it. Also, very timely. Thank you Pastor Schaller.