Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
The Scriptures tell us we can delight to know His ways and we do this through waiting.
Yet they seek Me daily, and delight to know My ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and did not forsake the ordinance of their God. They ask of Me ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching God. (Isaiah 58:2, NKJV)
Isaiah in this passage is declaring the will of God for His people and we are instructed about the following concerning the attitude the individual person of the Lord God should have in approaching God to discern His good and perfect will:
(1) Seek the Lord daily is the will of God. We are to wait on the Lord daily and that all the day as Psalm 25 instructs us. This does not mean that we seek the will of God when there is a problem or pressing need. It is a daily process of seeking that the Lord wants you to develop in your lives.
(2) Delight to know His ways. The Hebrew word used for delight in this passage means to have delight in and to have pleasure. God’s ways should be a joy to seek after and to live in, not something to be dreaded or feared. The Father loves His children and wants what is best for them. The Lord’s perfect will should be our desire every day of our walk with Him.
(3) To do righteousness. The Holy One wants us to live rightly before Him. The Lord’s righteousness requires a righteous person to walk in His presence. Christ is our righteousness and we develop into righteous people by being united to Him through waiting on Him (2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:7-11; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 Peter 2:24; Romans 8:8-11; Ephesians 6:14; 1 John 2:29 and 3:7)
(4) Not to forsake the ordinance, or God’s just way of working His will in our day to day lives. We have the Father’s will revealed to us in His Word. We seek God in His Word first and be obedient to it first. Only when we are obedient do we then prepare ourselves to seek
His specific will, or ways, in our individual lives.
(5) To ask for the Lord’s just ways to be revealed and followed. The Christ told us to ask, seek, and knock continuously (Matthew 7:7-11).
(6) To delight in coming to God in an intimate way, as through prayer, worship, and study of His Word.
We can accomplish this will of God by submitting to His will by living with Christian character, recognizing we are in Christ and have His character imputed to us, and waiting upon Him continually. Delight to know His ways!
The Scripture tell us we can know His ways are everlasting and know that through waiting on God with hope.
His ways are everlasting. (Habakkuk 3:6, NASB)
God’s ways and purposes for us are eternal; they never change and the purpose is for His kingdom. We need to change our focus from the short-term to the long-term. If we focus on the short-term we are concerned with circumstances and what our position is today. While a long-term perspective causes us to focus on what God determines is important: eternal things. The Lord is eternal so He is concerned about eternal matters. As we become Christ-like in character and wait upon the Lord for His ways to play out we become long-term kingdom focused believers.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Mathew 6:33-34, NASB)
Prayerfully meditate upon the following passages and ask God how to apply them to your life: 2 Corinthians 5:21 Philippians 3:7-11 1 Corinthians 1:30
1 Peter 2:24 Romans 8:8-11 Ephesians 6:14
1 John 2:29 1 John 3:7