Daily Devotional Rev. Johnnie Flakes,III - December 18, 2009
Our devotion for today comes from Psalm 25:12 "Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses."
Wherever you are today, meditate on this; this passage offers a sure way to receive God's guidance. "Fear the Lord," is what it says, but what exactly does that mean?
First we must realize that the word fear in its Hebrew origin does not mean, "to be afraid of" as we would understand it in English. Instead, the Hebrew word for fear in this context means "to revere and respect." This "fear" revolves around an Old Testament concept of having an inner responsiveness and willingness to learn of the Lord.
Therefore, if we are willing to seek God in a spirit of respect and obedience, He has promised to provide instruction. Our responsibility then, is to await His words of guidance before we make decisions.
Though our impatience often causes us to leap at options that seem good, we can be assured that prayerful restraint will lead to something even better God's best. Oftentimes poor decisions are made right before God's answer to our prayers would have arrived. Do not make the painful mistake of rushing into something about which you do not feel total peace.
God knows what you need and when you need it. Hold out for His best you will be pleasantly surprised by what He has in store for you.
Have a blessed God fearing day!
Your brother in Christ,
J. H. Flakes, III