How Can I Discern God’s Ways?

Lysa TerKeurst

Day: 16 | Plan: Leviticus-Hebrews

Today's Reading: Leviticus 11

Leviticus 11:47 (NIV) “You must distinguish between the unclean and the clean, between living creatures that may be eaten and those that may not be eaten.”

Remember in Leviticus 1 we learned about the importance of not just looking at the activities God was requiring from His children but even more so at the attitude He was developing in His children? In Leviticus 11, I want to build on that thought with this prayer, “Lord, help me learn Your wisdom so I can discern Your ways.”

Leviticus 11 is an entire chapter teaching God’s people the difference between clean and unclean food. Remember, God’s people had been enslaved by the Egyptians for a long time. They knew slave wisdom; therefore, they lived the routine of slave ways.

But now the children of Israel were free people. God’s people. Therefore, they would need God’s wisdom so they could learn to discern His best ways.

In giving them the directive to learn to distinguish between clean and unclean foods, God was helping them with their physical health. But I think He was strengthening their spiritual health as well. Food is something they would need several times a day so distinguishing between good and bad with this basic necessity was a great way to develop a new kind of discernment in them. 

God wants to develop a deeper level of discernment in us too. Discernment that will strengthen us. Discernment that will lead us to His best for our lives. Discernment that begins with giving Him permission to speak truth into our most daily and most basic of choices.  

Sweet friends, we were made for so much more than enslavement to our old sin patterns or the mindless following of the ways of this world. We are God’s people. His beloved children. He says we have been set free from enslavement to sin. (Romans 6:6) And He calls us to renew our minds with the wisdom from His Word, letting it transform us so that we no longer conform to the routines and patterns of this world. (Romans 12:2)

What is one basic area of your life you need to invite God’s wisdom into? You could pick Bible verses about healthy eating, or money management, or keeping your anger in check or choosing to speak only kind words about another person. But whatever basic area of life you choose, start following the pattern of wisdom by applying God’s Word to that area. (For some suggested verses in each of these areas, click on today’s More Moments). Truly, the more we learn God’s wisdom, the more we will discern His ways. And the more we discern His ways, the more we walk in God’s best for our lives!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Your ways are higher than my ways and Your thoughts are higher than my thoughts. Help me to learn Your wisdom so I can discern Your ways and walk in Your best for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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