Exodus 33:12-16, “And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. 13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. 14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. 15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. 16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.”
We all have some “habits” that need to be broken. In my recent travels, I noticed a remarkable number of people texting while driving, even though the warnings, images on social networking, and the law instruct us not to do so. I literally saw a driver run over 3 cones in a construction zone due to texting. I am so thankful that no workers were present! Moses, in his travels, had the task of leading a congregation (more than three million people) through the wilderness and into the land of Canaan. Moses knew that he was not able nor up to the task. “Show me your way” was Moses’ response to God in the midst of circumstances in which he was not familiar.
I want to understand the ways of God. Was this prayer answered? Did God show Moses His way? Yes He did! Psalm 103:7, “He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.”
You can know God’s ways or you can know God’s works. Some know God so much differently than others know God. We may be able to spot a blessed life, but understanding the ways of God to bless a life is not known by many.
Today, I want to give you a few “ways” of God, to help you securely walk in His paths:
- God has a habit of magnifying His word.
- God has a habit of loving sinners and resisting the proud.
- God has a habit of blessing those that bless His name.
God absolutely loves His word. He said in Psalm 138:2 “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” The book of Revelations tells us His name is the Word of God. Revelation 19:13, “And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.”
If God has a habit of magnifying his Word, don’t you think we should as well? We magnify His word by esteeming it highly. Did you put the Word in you this morning before you started your day with everything else? Did you read the Word? Did you attend church to hear the Word preached? It will be difficult on God’s path, if you do not understand God’s habit of exalting His word. Words mean things! Does His word, “Truth”, get rehearsed in your heart daily?
God refuses to go along with the proud. James 4:6, “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” 1Peter 5:5, “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.”
If you are on God’s path and you walk in pride, His habit is to resist or range a position against you. I want to learn His habits so I can enjoy His ways.
God likes to receive the praise of His people. He likes it when we “brag” on Him. Psalm 148:14, “He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD. “ Let’s just praise the Lord! If God makes it a habit to dwell where people are praising Him, and if we desire to be on His path, would it not make sense to embrace His habit of inhabiting the praises of His people?
Let’s break some bad habits! Texting and driving is a bad habit. 23 % of all accidents were related to cell phone usage last year. Texting takes a minimum of 5 seconds. If you are driving 55 mph, that equals driving the equivalent of the length of a football field without even looking! Discuss texting and driving with those in your house, and while you’re at it, discuss some good habits of our great God that will make life sweeter for all.
Here are two more thoughts upon which you can meditate: God has a habit of loving the poor, unwanted, and unlovable; and God has a habit of putting up with those He has the power to squash. Perhaps today you could search His word and find the verses that teach us His habits concerning these. Make it a habit to dwell on His habits today!