Proverbs 28:2 looks like a good place to begin.  "When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order."  It feels like the rebellious Israel fell under many rulers when its people were scattered and sent out. It was a punishment that God thought appropriate and so it happened.

In Ezekiel 39:1-40:27, God saw that it was time to bring the nation of Israel back home and punish those that had been cruel to His people while scattered. Interesting that while God will destroy the hordes it will be the people's responsibility to collect the bodies and bury them, and search for bones for months after. So while God protects and provides, there are responsibilities that the nation [we] must take care and obey.

Psalm 118 starts "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; and His love endures forever." Certainly giving thanks is a product of trusting the Lord, because He is good and loves us. Psalm 118:8 "It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man" So great to be able to take refuge, a completely sheltered and safe place, in the Lord. This being the place where the Israelites are regathering with God's promise from Ezekiel 39:25 that "I will be zealous for My holy name. They will forget their shame and all the unfaithfulness they showed toward Me when they lived in safety in the land with no one to make them afraid."

So they are forgiven and brought back so the sovereignty of the Lord will be shown. James 2 has a sobering message about faith and deeds. While deeds are ok, it's the motivation by faith that should spur one to action. James 2:26 "As the body without spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead." Working, asking what to do & seeking direction faithfully is paramount to serving God.  And as you ask for God's direction, James 3:17 assures us that "wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere."

That sounds like where I want my leading to come from.

by Perin Warren

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