For the believers of Jesus Christ:
It is written in…
Proverbs 5:21 Voice
You see, the Eternal sees our ways before Him. He watches every move we make and knows where those paths lead.
Ever played checkers? Or chess? In game such as chess, the more moves you are able to anticipate of your opponents, the more advantageous you are.
Daddy God, being all-knowing, already knows every move you’re going to make, even the bad choices.
But it doesn’t stop here. Daddy God is also altogether good. And this love is proved by the perfect finished work of Jesus on the cross.
So what does this mean?
It means: we, being made righteous in Christ, now walk in the paths of righteousness.1 Your path and my paths may vary, but sometimes we cross paths.
Nonetheless, it means as it is written in Psalm 23: “You lead me in the paths of righteousness, for Your Name sake.”
This means, even the journey in the valley is part of the path of righteousness.2 Why? Because Jesus is with you.
Today, I’m reminding you our right-standing before God, because I want you to *remember you are deeply loved* by Him who knows everything about you and still pursues you.
Remember record of the leper when Jesus walked away from the crowd towards Capernum, probably intentionally to meet him?3
Doesn’t this remind you of the parable of the Shepherd who left the ninety-nine for the one lost sheep?4
The Holy Spirit showed me this: Jesus knew the geography and the every move of the leper. And Jesus, in His wisdom, trapped him between Capernum and the crowd where He spoke of the Beatitudes.5
Today, if you feel trapped, don’t be afraid. Because the Lord is about to show up and meet you where you are, to deliver you.
Where you are now is righteous ground, whether it seems like mountain top or valley low.
You know how in playing chess, sometimes we make moves to trap an opponent, or have to sacrifice a pawn in order to open up a path… to win in the big picture?
Jesus has become for us the Ultimate Sacrifice and the most Unthinkable Move by Daddy God.
The Accuser and Deceiver was never and has never been a match to the Great I Am.
1. Psalm 23:3↩
2. Psalm 23:4↩
3. Matthew 8:1 is a continuation of the series of sermons Jesus preached recorded from Matthew 5:1. When the Gospel of Jesus as recounted by Matthew was written, there was no annotation of chapter and verse numbers as yet.↩
4. Luke 15:4-7 ; Matthew 10:14↩
5. Matthew 5:1↩