Thursday, November 03, 2011

Out of Place

Bill Rice Ranch - First Light Devotionals 

II Chronicles 34:31 "And the king stood in his place, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments, and his testimonies, and his statutes, with all his heart, and with all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant which are written in this book."




A guest preacher was late for church Sunday morning, so he walked in during prayer. During the congregation song that followed, the pastor leaned over and whispered, "Who are you?" The guest preacher discovered he was in the wrong church! So, during the next verse, he marched right back out to his car and drove down the road about a mile to the right church! Have you ever felt like this poor preacher? Have you felt in the wrong place or out of place? It's a bad feeling!


In II Chronicles 35, during King Josiah's reign, everything got back into place. This movement from the wrong place to the right place all started with leadership-with King Josiah. He "stood in his place, and made a covenant before the LORD . . . to perform the words of the covenant which are written in this book." Then Josiah "caused all that were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand to it." He put the priests in their correct place and brought the ark of the covenant back where it belonged. Everybody and everything had been out of place!


Our world is filled with utter chaos. Men are not taking their place in the home. Ladies are not taking their place because the men are not taking theirs. Preachers aren't taking their place; church members aren't taking their place. Things and people are out of place!


When a person returns to his place, and God's Word is returned to its place, everything is back in place! We find our place in life when we give God His place. How could you possibly know your place if God doesn't have His place? And how could God have His rightful place if His Word doesn't have its place? It sounds like a cliché, but we give God His place when we give place to His Word.


To give God's Word its place means to read it, preach it, and do it. Don't just bemoan the fact that prayer, the Bible, and the Ten Commandments are not allowed in a classroom or public building. The real question is, do you read the Bible? Does your family pray? Do you follow God's Word in your home? When you give God His place and His Word its place, you will find everything else falls into place.





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