And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Ephesians 6:15 (NKJV)
Does your front entryway look like ours with a big pile of shoes? Shoes that are coming, shoes that are going, work shoes, play boots, running shoes for the motivated, old Crocs for taking out the trash, and slippers for relaxing. But most importantly, shoes to keep us on God’s path. How can shoes keep our feet on the straight and narrow? The best way is to start the day reading your Bible before you even put on your shoes!
1994 was the first year I read my Bible from start to finish, from Genesis to Revelation. I remember, because that was the year our little Jacob turned one. And every year since then, I continued to read God’s Word, some years reading a One Year Bible, broken up into daily readings. Other years, I’d read a regular Bible, while using a reading guide to mark off what I’d read. It was always easy starting out, for Genesis has the exciting stories of Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph’s dreams. The momentum of those stories can carry your feet through Exodus where Moses leads God’s people out of Egypt. But when you reach Leviticus, things can slow down as you tip toe through the many laws laid out for the Israelites. That’s why I’m delighted when I find verses in Leviticus that God uses to inspire me. It’s a reward for the long pages of reading.
But you have to read all the way to Leviticus 26 for today’s special promises! In My TEA CUPP Prayers (pp.98-99) I mention how God gives us calls with promises. If we do this call, God promises this promise. Here in Leviticus 26:3 we read a seemingly straight-forward call with amazing promises.
If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them...Leviticus 26:3 (NKJV)
God’s call is this: If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them. That’s it. We have to walk in His Word. Obey His commandments. And do what God tells us. Doesn’t sound too complicated, but as we all know, we can’t do it. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Even our best efforts, fall short of God’s glory. But because we have Jesus’ forgiveness, we are made righteous and can claim the promises that follow in Leviticus 26.
These 10 promises include:
- Produce and fruit
- Threshing and vintage shall last until next season
- Eat until you are full
- Dwell in safety
- No evil beasts or swords
- Enemies will fall
- God’s favor
- God will dwell with us
Aren’t those promises you want to hold on to? In the rural community where we live, such promises for rain and harvest are truly appreciated. Even a person in the city is glad to have food to eat and to be able to dwell in safety. And we are all thankful for God’s favor and dwelling with us. As the Psalmist said,
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake. Psalm 23:3 (NKJV)
Today’s TEA CUPP: Read Levitcus 26:1-13 and claim God’s wonderful promises as you have TEA with Jesus today. Then, when you put on your shoes, ask Jesus for His help in keeping on His path, and for His forgiveness when you fall short. Pray Psalm 25:4, Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path. Psalm 119:105 (NKJV)
Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.