Do I consult God in my choices? If I don’t consult Him, I insult Him!
In Deuteronomy chapters 16 – 18, the phrase, “at” or “in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose…..” recurs seven times. In our individual lives there is a particular place that the Lord has ordained for us in various choices and situations. No other place is acceptable but the one He has chosen for us.
There is no substitute for that which God requires and provides – divine purpose! All else is permission, second best, “wood, hay and stubble,” the sale of my divine birthright!
We need to be in the place of God’s choosing, not just any place of our choice. Only there will God meet us and bring His purposes to pass, in THAT PLACE of His choosing and provision.
The story of the trial of Abraham’s faith in Genesis 22 is well known. The Lord instructed him to take Isaac on a 3 day journey to the Land of Moriah to sacrifice in a particular PLACE. Abraham could have thought, “I’ll sacrifice here, Lord, there are plenty of places, it will save me a journey,” but he went in obedience to the Lord to the place of God’s choosing. Verse 9 records that “they came to the place which God had told him of.” As Abraham built the altar in the set place, God prevented him from slaying Isaac and provided a substitute sacrifice, a ram, caught by his horns in a thicket, right there. The restraining hand of God was on the ram, he could not free himself, God had ordained him to be the substitute sacrifice in that place.
Abraham called that place “Jehovah Jireh,” (verse 14), which means – the Lord will see, or provide. Divine provision is found “in the place the Lord thy God will choose.” In the provision of God every purpose is fulfilled.