Monday, March 9, 2009

Footsteps of the Flock

I have been meaning to introduce you to my nighttime devotional for this year.

Last year, before bed each night, I read the daily entry from A Pillar By Day by Jon Courson.
I've posted excerpts here and there. I really loved going through those daily meditations which focused on the Scriptures of the Torah--the first five books of the Bible.

This year I am going through Footsteps of the Flock which contain daily meditations from the Old Testament books of Joshua through Malachi.


I felt like I needed to share tonight's entry so without further ado I present Pastor Jon Courson.

March 9

Then she arose with her daughters in law,
that she might return from the country of Moab:
for she heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD
had visited his people in giving them bread.

Ruth 1:6

This intrigues me because it was Naomi's loss that led her to listen. Please keep this in mind:

This story is not to show God punishing Naomi for wandering off into Moab.

Her loss was not punitive-- it was corrective. Its purpose was to get her back on track-- back to Bethlehem, the House of Bread; back to Judah, the Place of Praise.

So too, in your life and in mine, when there is loss, it is not for punishment.

Why?

Because the punishment for our sin could never be severe enough. I know you, you're like me. We all deserve to be totally consumed. Whatever God could send our way could never be punishment enough for our sin.

The punishment which should have come upon us was poured out upon Jesus Christ, Who died in our place.

Therefore, His work in our lives is not punitive, it's corrective.

If you have been in a place of loss-- materially or internally, vocationally or relationally--know this:

You are experiencing loss not because God is mad at you, angry with you, or disappointed in you, but because He wants to speak to you.

And He knows that sometimes the only time we will listen is when we are at a place of loss where we can do nothing else.





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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh that's a good one, Mom! Now I'm gonna go and read my devotional for tonight!
-Leisl

Kim (aka- Kanga-mom and sometimes Rabbit-mommy) said...

Wow, as always, I needed that! Thank you Lainie for posting.

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