Daily Devotional for December 9
When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is happy. —Proverbs 29:18
Natural reasoning always leads us off track. The more we think and reason about standards, morality, and righteousness, the more we excuse wrong behavior. What we need is revelation—God’s opinion and verdict about our actions. God did not give us the “Ten Suggestions.” He gave us the Ten Commandments!
The book of Revelation begins with this sentence: “This is a revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him concerning the events that will happen soon” (1:1). Each of the seven churches heard a direct word from Christ concerning putting their spiritual houses in order.
Joel saw a revelation of the end of time: “I will cause wonders in the heavens and on the earth—blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon will turn bloodred before that great and terrible day of the Lord arrives” (Joel 2:30-31). This awesome revelation and wonder will have an incredible effect, and “anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (v. 32).
Live by revelation, not reasoning. One day you will be glad you did!
1 How joyful are those who fear the Lord— all who follow his ways! 2 You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be! 3 Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine, flourishing within your home. Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees as they sit around your table. 4 That is the Lord’s blessing for those who fear him.
5 May the Lord continually bless you from Zion. May you see Jerusalem prosper as long as you live. 6 May you live to enjoy your grandchildren. May Israel have peace!