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Tag: word of God

There are times when we question this truth. We speak the word. The effort seems vain. It appears useless. But God “knows the end from the beginning,” Isaiah 46:10. His word will achieve what He sent it to do. We have no reason to be discouraged.

In Plow New Ground, this is Ed Mathews’s last paragraph, not counting the prayer, in his last devotional based on Isa 55.11. It has been a blessing to read this year. I recommend it.

How to separate your work in the kingdom from expected immediate results?

Powerful thought today by Ed M., on Balaam in Num 23.26. Here’s one small portion:

A truth recognized. Balaam, the famous heathen diviner, spoke the truth. “I must do whatever the Lord says,” Numbers 23:26. Obedience was an ethical obligation, Exodus 23:22; Leviticus 19:37; Deuteronomy 6:18. God expects an unquestioning compliance, Hebrews 13:20,21. Jesus does, too, John 15:14.

Focus question: What does the Lord say today? What incentives do I have not to do them? What reward comes form obedience?

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