(Psalm 78:22, 40-42, Psalm 81:8-16, Deuteronomy 31:30-32:18)
What do you believe about God’s activity in your life?
Your answer determines your readiness to perceive His activity.
When my daughter was ten she had a rock collection. Why? Not sure, but as soon as she got wind that anyone was going anywhere, she requested a rock.
Using plastic fishing tackle boxes, she assigned each rock a compartment and created labels with identifying information.
I admired her careful organization and devotion to her hobby.
I suppose she’s over rocks now. She didn’t take them with her when she grew up and moved out. On the other hand, she didn’t get rid of them either. Her collection is still on her closet floor at my house.
I considered creating a rock garden, but my ambition faded. Maybe because rocks are hard for me to get excited about.
Rocks are just, well . . . rocks. They don’t do much to create excitement – at least the rocks in the closet at my house don’t.
Nothing like this rock . . .
. . . with honey from the rock I would satisfy you (Psalm 81:16)
Honey from a rock?
First reaction . . . okay, this rock is interesting, but I don’t really get it.
Second reaction . . . nevermind about my second reaction – I can’t wait to hear yours once we examine this interesting rock.
The rock of honey is mentioned twice in Scripture – first in a song Moses recites to the Israelites before they enter the Promised Land, then here in Psalm 81.
In both passages the rock of honey is God’s blessing of sweet, satisfying provision to His people . . . but not all of His people.
For those who have shrugged Him off, gone their own way, or forgotten Him, God says the rock of honey will not be experienced. Let’s call this group The Oblivious.
The rock of honey is reserved for the people of God who stay close and listen hard. Let’s call this group The Perceptive.
The Oblivious travel the rocky path of life in their own strength because they do not trust God to care for them. They don’t expect to see God’s activity in their lives. They aren’t even looking.
The Perceptive travel the same rocky path, but they walk in confidence, ears and eyes on alert, expecting to perceive God’s activity along the way.
The Oblivious have forgotten God’s faithfulness and placed their confidence somewhere else. They are wrapped up in themselves and their made-up, feel-good faith. Challenges and difficulty rattle them.
The Perceptive walk in keen awareness of God’s loving faithfulness to them. When they encounter challenges or difficulty they are not afraid to look there for God’s activity.
The Oblivious see a rocky path, just rocks, nothing more.
The Perceptive see the same rocky path, but walk in high expectation of coming upon the rock of honey – the sweet, unexpected, satisfying blessing in the hardest of places – proof of God’s activity in their lives.
They are confident that the rocky path called today is where God is working.
The degree to which you expect to perceive God’s activity in your life is the degree to which you will perceive it.
Believe it, perceive it, and be refreshed . . . on your path today.
See you next week for the conclusion of this series: What Do You Believe About Your Purpose?