December 15 - Follow the Leader

By David Thomas

Today's Scripture: Micah 2:12-13

Central Thought: God does more than point the way for His people.

    Micah's message offered the Lord's encouraging promise that although Israel would be taken into captivity, deliverance would follow. The imagery in this passage is rich as the Lord describes Himself as a shepherd, illustrating His passion for His people. The words also are bold, a pointed declaration.

    The way before the Israelites would be broken open, they were told, and they would pass through the gate. They would not have to sneak out—they would march out. And they would be following their leader, the King. Their Lord would not open the gate and point the direction for His people. Instead, The King Himself would show the way, marching triumphantly ahead of them.

    We do not follow a God who leads us by pointing the way. He picks up His shepherd's staff and walks the way with us, in front of us. He breaks down anything that can restrict us and prepares for us a path we can boldly walk in declaration that our lives are guided by the King of kings Himself.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, thank You for taking an active interest in my daily activities. May I follow You as You lead me onto the path You have prepared for me.

Today's Bible Reading: Micah 1:1-4:13; Revelation 6:1-17; Psalm 134:1-3; Proverbs 30:1-4