‘And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me.”’ Exodus 33:21 NKJV

God told Moses, ‘I will make all My goodness pass before you.’ (Exodus 33:19 NKJV) But in order to see that promise fulfilled, Moses had to be properly positioned. So God said, ‘Here is a place by Me.’ When you are in the place God has assigned to you, you can claim His promise: ‘I will make all My goodness pass before you.’ Why would the Prodigal Son leave his father’s house when everything he needed was there? Because:

(1) He wanted his father’s blessing, but not his oversight. Jesus said, ‘Why do you call Me, “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I say?’ (Luke 6:46 NIV)

(2) He took his father’s blessings for granted. God warned the Israelites: ‘Be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you… out of the land of slavery.’ (Deuteronomy 6:12 NIV) When they crossed the river Jordan, God told them to take twelve stones, one for each tribe, and build a memorial. Why? To remind them of who they were, who He was, and of His covenant with them.

(3) He didn’t know the danger waiting for him. As a result, the prodigal ended up in a pigpen. The path that takes you away from God may begin with pleasure, but it always ends with pain. Ask those who have walked it, and they’ll tell you, ‘Don’t go there!’

Live by this Scripture: ‘He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.’ (Psalm 91:1 NKJV) Stay positioned for God’s blessing.

SoulFood: Heb 9:1–11:16, Matt 12:15–21, Ps 97, Pro 12:1–3

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023

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