As I mentioned last blog The Lord has given me the opportunity to teach a class, Life in His Presence, at the Prayer Furnace! I want to make the audio of the class sessions available to those who would like to hear it. Here is the second session of the class. When I first began preparing for the class The Lord began to speak to me about His Ways. The Children of Israel in the desert “went astray in their hearts and did not know His Ways, therefore He swore in His wrath that they would not enter His rest.” Because they did not know His ways they went astray and would not enter His rest. This realization led me to explore to find what are the Father’s Ways. Moses asked The Lord to show him His ways and shortly afterward to show him His Glory. The Lord responded to His request by doing both. As He showed Moses His Glory, He proclaimed His Name, which are His Ways. “The LORD, The LORD merciful and gracious…” Everything the Lord does overflows from who He is. Though His actions may be different each time, His Ways are the same. Whether He judges a nation or financially blesses them, it is overflowing from His Goodness. As we continue on this course, Life in His Presence, let us now explore the Father’s Ways! Click on the link below to download Session 2!
“A. A person’s ways are a constant factor in them, which determines how they will act. If a person is quick-tempered it is not surprising when they suddenly flare in anger at a minimal thing. Those who have lived with a group of people for more than a couple of weeks will be able to tell who doesn’t flush the toilet, who makes their bed, who’s clothes are always lying around on the floor, who clears the dishwasher, etc. because they get to know each other’s ways. If someone is gentle-hearted it is not a surprise if they go out of their way to help someone that fell down, because others know they are gentle-hearted. As we get to know others we begin to know their ways, or as we see other’s ways we get to know them. Ways are a constant that can be expected from a person in day-to-day circumstances.
B. This is what we will begin to peer into in our Heavenly Father. Moses asked God to reveal His Ways to him and this too is what we must do. “Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!” Holy Spirit is the One that searches the deep things of God, and He declares them to us (1 Corinthians 2:9-10; John 16:14). Through what He says about Himself, His Glory-filled interactions with His people Israel, and our own encounters with Him, the Holy Spirit will begin to teach us His unsearchable ways….
D. “Every good and perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17). The Father’s Ways are always the same, He does not change or shift as the shadows. In the midst of darkness He still is Light, and darkness flees. In the midst of trouble, He is a very present help, He is our refuge (see Psalms 46:1). His Ways are constant no matter the circumstances. God said to Moses ‘I AM that I AM’ (Exodus 3:14). “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is constant. He is always Good!
E. The LORD reveals His ways through His actions, through His Glory. The Glory is the manifestation of His ways. In Numbers 14:11, the LORD asks Moses, “How long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them?” So we see that The LORD was revealing Himself to them through signs and wonders. The Glory brings revelation of His Ways.
Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight…Please, show me Your Glory.
F. Moses asked The LORD to show him His way and the LORD said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you…” The Father’s Ways overflow from His Goodness; from His Love. He continues, “and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion” (Exodus 33:19). When the LORD proclaims His Name to Moses He declares to Moses the essence of who He Is, I AM, His Name. Everything He does overflows from those realities.
“Now the LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving the iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.’ So Moses made haste and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.”
G. He is Good and His ways are according to that quality. Everything He does displays these attributes, whether it be refreshing a person or disciplining a nation. When somebody is very confidant it is visible in their actions, in the way they walk. Unaware of their ways, their confidence may be confused with arrogance. In like manner, God’s mercy, grace, patience, goodness and truth can seem harsh or foolish to those who are not acquainted with His ways….”