(28)Do not move the ancient boundary Which your fathers have set.————Proverbs 22:28 (NASB)
In the Book of Joshua, chapter 4, Joshua took 12 stones (one for each tribe) from the middle of the Jordan River and set them up in the Israelites‘ lodging place as a landmark, honoring the miracles given by the Lord when He parted the Jordan River for His children to walk through to the other side on dry ground. Landmarks also were used as property boundaries for each clan, and it was considered a sin to move them, just as it is illegal today to move a property marker.
God gives us landmarks in our lives, not to stay in one place, but as remembrances of what He has done in our lives. He never changes! We can use those times, those markers to help us move forward into the new places that God has for us. That’s why we shouldn’t move these landmarks or throw them out. We must pass them instead.
One landmark day in my own life was a class I had to take for my former job. I’ve never been a big lover of heights. In planes, I’m fine. Hanging off cliffs or tall objects, not so much. We were required to put on a harness and climb a telephone pole about 38 feet tall. The pole swayed as I started the ascent, which totally freaked me out, even though I was in a perfectly safe harness. I forced myself not to look down, but kept my eyes on the spike that were the foot and hand rests. As I got to the top, my leg hung up on the last spike and the pole began to sway even more. I couldn’t free my leg and fear tried to grab me. Since I could go no further upward, I pushed away the fear and reminded myself that I was in a safe harness. So I jumped! Everyone below me clapped that I had overcome a tremendous fear! I realized that if I could do that, I could overcome anything. It was a landmark day.
All of us are given landmarks in the times and seasons of our lives. We are not to camp by those landmarks, but move forward into the promises of our Lord God’s Presence with us in all that we face will establish His purposes for us. We don’t have to fear; we can move forward into destiny!
(This information is shared with permission from “Whispers of Heaven” by Rosalie Storment and Faye Higbee, copyrighted 2011)
21)The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of understanding. (22)It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it. ——– Proverbs 10:21-22 (NASB)
You can certainly tell a person who loves the Lord by their countenance, and by their love of worship. Blessings seem to follow them wherever they go. You can tell someone who loves the Lord by their willingness to laugh–to show forth the joy of the Lord. You can see in them all the attributes of 1 Corinthians 13 (patience, kindness, not envious, not boastful, not conceited, do not act improperly, not selfish, not easily provoked, keep no record of wrongs, do not find joy in unrighteousness, rejoice in truth, do not worry about people’s faults but believe them no matter what the circumstance).
While we may fail in one or two of these area on occasion, the majority of these things “ooze” from the Believer who loves and stays in worship to the Lord.
A friend’s smile, that “rainbow of joy” oozed God’s love. It leaked out of her in spite of her circumstances. Ultimately, that how I came to know Christ personally. It was the Sonshine that radiated from someone who loves Him. That love brought me the greatest blessing of all –friendship with God and with the people of His Kingdom!
All of us should love the Lord so much that the windows of our hearts show His love. We can only do that through relationship — worship and praise and trust. May the Lord reveal to you today how powerful His Presence is in worship. May His blessings overtake you and be poured out over you. May He turn your morning into joy and your sorrow into dancing. And may every trial show forth the deliverance of your loving Father!