All His Benefits (Part 5b: His Ways)

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Scripture Reference;

Psalm 103

 1Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

 2Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

 3Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

 4Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

 5Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 6The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

 7He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

 8The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

 9He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

 10He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

 11For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

 12As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

 13Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

 14For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

 15As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

 16For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

 17But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;

 18To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

 19The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

 20Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

 21Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

 22Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

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I have been thinking about the word “ways” today, as it is used in this verse:

 7He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

In my last post I shared some thoughts about that.  Below is both a link to that post, and the excerpt to which I am referring.

https://pronetoponder.wordpress.com/2011/06/10/all-his-benefits-part-five/

 “The Lord made his ways known when He delivered Israel out of the hands of the Egyptians, and also during the 40 years that they wandered in the wilderness.  It says He made “His ways” known to Moses, and “His acts” known unto the children of Israel.  That is something we should consider. Moses had a personal relationship with the Lord …He was not perfect. He sinned at times, but when the Lord called Moses He heard Him and followed Him in faith. Not all of the children of Israel responded to the Lord like that. All of mankind have witnessed the actions of God no matter if they have acknowledged them or not. But witnessing the Lord’s acts and knowing His ways are two different things. Only those who both hear the Lord’s call and receive Him through faith experience the privilege of  knowing His ways.  The Lord even gave them the Ten Commandments and many laws which revealed much about His ways, but throughout history they ignored them time and time again. At times the children of Israel saw great miracles like when He parted the Red Sea and they crossed on dry ground, and when he gave them manna from Heaven to eat and water that suddenly came out of a rock. He also punished some  whose  behavior grieved Him, but in everything the Lord did He was always just. He cared about the oppressed then, and he cares now.”

When considering the Lord’s ways so much comes to my mind. The Lord made His ways known to Moses, and He also makes His ways known to all who have placed their faith in Him. Have you ever wondered how and to what extent He does this? I have. At this moment I am thinking about that very thing.

By looking up the word “ways” in an online Strong’s Concordance we are given some great clues that help us to see how the Lord reveals His ways to believers. Look at what it says:

Strong:  H1870

Orig:  from 1869; a road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb:–along, away, because of, + by, conversation, custom, (east-)ward, journey, manner, passenger, through, toward, (high-) (path-)way(-side), whither(-soever). 

Here is the part to which I am referring specifically:  + by, conversation, custom, (east-)ward, journey, manner, passenger, through, toward, (high-) (path-)way(-side), whither(-soever). 

Isn’t that something?! Some of the words really help. “Conversation” is an interesting word. The first thing that comes to my mind is our prayer life. We get this urge to pray. Where does that urge come from? It comes from the Father drawing us…calling out to us. Here are some passages of scripture that speak about that:

20And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:

 21And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:20-21 KJV

43Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.

 44No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

 45It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. John 6:43-45 KJV

27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

 28And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

 29My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

 30I and my Father are one.” John 10:27-30 KJV

So whose idea is it to come to the Lord in prayer; ours or His? I would have to answer by saying “both”. Then we bow our heads in prayer. We speak to Him, and hopefully we will also listen. Our prayer time can certainly be a wonderful time of conversing with the Lord. But the word “conversation” has more than one meaning. Let’s look at  some more scripture.

1Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

 2While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 1 Peter 3:1-2 KJV

1IN LIKE manner, you married women, be submissive to your own husbands [subordinate yourselves as being secondary to and dependent on them, and adapt yourselves to them], so that even if any do not obey the Word [of God], they may be won over not by discussion but by the [godly] lives of their wives,

    2When they observe the pure and modest way in which you conduct yourselves, together with your [a]reverence [for your husband; you are to feel for him all that reverence includes: to respect, defer to, revere him–to honor, esteem, appreciate, prize, and, in the human sense, to adore him, that is, to admire, praise, be devoted to, deeply love, and enjoy your husband]. 1Peter 3:1-2 Amplified Bible

 20For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

 21Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Philippians 3:20-21 KJV

20But we are citizens of the state (commonwealth, homeland) which is in heaven, and from it also we[f]earnestly and patiently await [the coming of] the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] Savior,

    21Who will [g]transform and fashion anew the body of our humiliation to conform to and be like the body of His glory and majesty, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself. Philippians 3:20-21 Amplified Bible

The above verses show us that the word “conversation”  can also mean both our way of life (our conduct) and our citizenship (the place we call “home”).

Well, I digressed a little. The subject of today’s post is “the Lord’s ways”, and I was addressing how He reveals them to believers, the various techniques He employs…one of which being conversation. He reveals His ways by both the things He says to us and the manner (or mood) in which He says them (He can whisper, shout, speak tenderly, or warn emphatically). He also does this by allowing us to see Him at work…how he conducted Himself in many situations described in the Bible, and how we see Him at work in countless situations that we either witness or experience (from our journey during this lifetime on the earth). The last method He uses to teach us about His ways is through our citizenship. Lets look at the following passages of scripture.

20But we are citizens of the state (commonwealth, homeland) which is in heaven, and from it also we[f]earnestly and patiently await [the coming of] the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] Savior, Philippians 3:20 Amplified Bible

 

8By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

 9By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

 10For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Hebrews 11:8-10 KJV

 15 Some people were even bringing infants to Him so He might touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 Jesus, however, invited them: “Let the little children come to Me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these17 I assure you: Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:15-17HCSB

I know there were some other words mentioned in that Strong’s definition of the word “ways”, but I think what I have found and shared gives us a good glimpse into the various methods the Lord uses to make His ways known to believers.

Now what about “extent”? To what extent does He reveal His ways to us during our lifetime here? Well, it varies from person to person and from season to season…even one day to the next. I believe the two factors that impact that the most are the attitude of the believer’s heart and the needs of the believer at any given time. The longer we trust and follow Him the more He will reveal. He hides this knowledge in our hearts just like He hides the word that we have studied in our hearts, and then He causes it to surface in our minds at the appropriate times. He knows His children through and through, but His ways are higher than our ways…they are past our finding out. We are acquainted with them only in part, but when we get to Heaven we will know Him just as well as He knows us.

 33O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

 34For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?

 35Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?

 36For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. Romans 11:33-36 KJV

 9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

 10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

 11When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

 12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Corinthians 13:9-12 KJV

 25At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

 26Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.

 27All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

 28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:25-30 KJV

 

Has this post left you longing to learn more about the Lord’s ways? Psalm 145:9 tells us His tender mercies are over all of His works. Would you like to witness them in action? I have written a series that is devoted to that very thing. Here is a link that will help access those posts:  https://pronetoponder.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/a-loving-pursuit-a-table-of-contents-part-two/

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14 Comments

  1. Debbie said,

    June 19, 2011 at 3:03 am

    Hi my wonderful woman of the Word! Sorry it took me awhile to get here today. But, I’m so glad that I re-read what I had read before. It often takes me awhile to let things soak in . . .or to hear what He wants to say to me through it. and your blessings wrapped in posts are often deep and far reaching.
    I love what you said about Him making His ways known to all who put their faith in Him. And how we can know His ways by what we see Him doing. Recently, as I considered something that is a little harder in my life and that has been taking more of a toll on me than I want it too . . .He talked to me about “His ways”. It immediately softened me and made the situation more bearable. He is at work in the things that we don’t see changing . . .or even feel are getting worse. His ways are different from ours, so I need to seek Him about it, about how He sees it, about His way to walk in it.
    Thank you so much again, for being His timely messenger, for blessing and bearing the fruit He has called you to!
    love you!
    deb

    • June 19, 2011 at 3:17 am

      “2 Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the message, to speak the mystery of the Messiah —for which I am in prison — 4 so that I may reveal it as I am required to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the time. 6 Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.” Colossians4:2-6HCSB

      Deb, I often witness the Lord’s ways in the “conversation” of other believers. You are one of those believers. Verse 5 and 6 really apply. I hope to be as seasoned as you are some day.

      I am so very thankful for your example.

      Love,
      Theresa

  2. Ann said,

    June 20, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Thank you, Theresa

    When I read your posts I feel like I’ve just sat through a Bible Study session. @ Deb: – I can see why you call Theresa “Woman of the Word”!

    “He reveals His ways by both the things He says to us and the manner (or mood) in which He says them (He can whisper, shout, speak tenderly, or warn emphatically). He also does this by allowing us to see Him at work…how he conducted Himself in many situations described in the Bible, and how we see Him at work in countless situations that we either witness or experience (from our journey during this lifetime on the earth)”
    I like this 🙂
    Thank you for sharing these studies with us, Theresa. May we always be aware of when He wants to reveal Himself to us and that our hearts will be in a position to receive Him. This song is the prayer of my heart.

    Blessings
    ann

    • June 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      Ann,

      I haven’t listened to the song yet (There is someone sleeping in this room where the computer is. I am looking forward to listening as soon as my husband wakes up. 🙂

      Thank you for the kind words. I see so much love for the Lord in your posts and love for others in the your comments. I am so thankful for the example you set and also for the encouragement you give.

      Love,
      Theresa

    • June 20, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      Ann,

      What a beautiful song to sing and to pray! Aren’t you glad He hears our prayers? 😉

      “wait for the Lord”. I saw those words at the end. That is something I still need to work on…will pray about that.

      Blessings,
      Theresa

  3. bendedspoon said,

    June 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Your post is another revelation from Him. Isn’t it just the other day when we shared thoughts and I mentioned among others that I write my post as the thoughts came or as they are delivered to me by God and I know I sound silly when I said some of my posts are delivered by God. And here you are saying in fact that God reveal His ways when we converse with Him. Thank you so much for posting this — I don’t feel that silly anymore 🙂

    And we mentioned touching lives as well, and here you are touching me deeply and enlightening me. I appreciate so much the depth you are sharing God’s word and I can’t explain the beauty of how it touches me. Love you Theresa 🙂

    • June 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      Your thoughts are such a blessing…both in blogs and in correspondence. You reveal much about the Lord. You really make me think and seek Him for more answers with much of what you post. You are a great friend! 🙂

      Love you, too.

      🙂

  4. June 10, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Reblogged this on Serenaded Softly and commented:

    “…He reveals His ways by both the things He says to us and the manner (or mood) in which He says them (He can whisper, shout, speak tenderly, or warn emphatically). He also does this by allowing us to see Him at work…”

  5. June 10, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Theresa, I appreciate that you mention “it varies from person to person and season to season”. It’s important for older Christians to remember these words so that we’re patient with others and ourselves. I’ve been blessed by the patience of older Christians who extended grace towards me when I was still a babe in Christ. By the way, I admire the careful work you put into each of your posts.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

    • June 11, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      Wendy, thank you for sharing this.

      I wrote this series in 2011. Ironically it was only a few months later that I entered a season where I began to compromise in both my attitude and in my walk, and as a result, I am haunted with some memories, and have suffered deeply.

      You know if a person were to try to categorize sins from least to worst I am sure that the sins I have committed in the past ten years would fall into the “worst” box in spite of the fact that I have been following the Lord fervently for over 30 years.

      However, I know that the worst sin of all is pride, and I take a measure of comfort from that knowledge.

      I believe it is in our best interest to “sow” in patience. ❤

      Blessings,
      Theresa

      • June 11, 2016 at 6:20 pm

        “I” is at the center of sin and pride. And I struggle with this more than any of the more glamorous sins. It’s subtle as it slithers into heart, mind, and deeds. But God, but grace. He is stronger than sin. ❤

  6. June 12, 2016 at 12:44 am

    God Bless you Wendy. I am thankful we are friends. ❤


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