And they put him in ward, that the mind of the Lord might be shewed them. ~Leviticus 24:12
It is always wise to know exactly what are you supposed to do and to do it right. It can be discouraging and devastating to execute a project and find out you did it wrong. This means you might have to redo the entire project, and you might have made jeopardized other people by doing something you did not completely think through. In our devotion this morning, we see a serious situation where a man blasphemed God’s name, and Moses and the Israelites sought out the mind of the Lord before they did anything.
We see the discernment in the mind of the Lord.
Discernment is having the right set of facts and information by which to make a sound decision. It is knowing the upside and downside. We must be able to discern between good and evil. “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews. 5:14). We must be able to discern truth from error. “We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error” (1 John 4:6). We must discern God’s mind on what is the right thing to do. “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established” (Proverbs 16:3).
We see the direction in the mind of the Lord.
Moses and the people were facing an important decision. They did not want to take matters into their own hands without consulting with the Lord and waiting for His direction. We must be in the Word of God for our direction. “Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me” (Psalm 119:133). We must wait on the Lord for our direction. “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psalm 27:14). We wait on the Lord by praying. We wait on the Lord by confessing our sins and not letting our self-will cloud our judgment. We must pray, “Not my will, but thine be done.” When our hearts are clean, our path is clear. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way” (Psalm 37:23).
We see the duty in the mind of the Lord.
Once we know the mind of the Lord, we must do what He tells us to do. Our first rule of duty is to be obey the Lord. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Then, once we know what we are supposed to do, we must do it with all of our heart. “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10a). Third, whatever it is we have discerned we are to do, we must do it in the name of the Lord and for His glory. “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Colossians 3:17).
It is important that we always know the mind of the Lord in a matter. We must be careful not to let personal biases and preferences cause us to be clouded in our decision making. Be certain you get God’s mind about major decisions for your life, and decisions that can affect the welfare of others. The mind of the Lord is God’s best and God’s will for us. It is being divinely led. It is doing the right thing and looking back with no regrets.
Have a discerning God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Deuteronomy 3-4