Today is July 11, 2019

Verse of the Day — Leviticus 26:6

I shall also eliminate harmful beasts from the land . . .


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
God says that humans and wild animals are adversaries, not brothers.

MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY
We don’t know what kind of special relationship God intended to exist between humans and animals before the fall or exactly how that relationship will be restored during the millennial reign.

And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard will lie down with the young goat,
And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little boy will lead them.
—Isaiah 11:6

We do know that part of God’s blessing to Israel when they entered the Promised Land was to remove the wild beasts from among them. At that time, Israel was populated by a wide variety of wild animals including wolves and bears.

The LORD your God will clear away these nations before you little by little; you will not be able to put an end to them quickly, for the wild beasts would grow too numerous for you. —Deuteronomy 7:22

God also warned that disobedience would result in wild animals once again being introduced into their midst.

I will let loose among you the beasts of the field, which will bereave you of your children and destroy your cattle and reduce your number . . . —Leviticus 26: 22

Therefore, it is a BLESSING to dwell in a land without the fear of wild animals.


QUESTION FOR THE DAY
Dear Compass,

If Predestination is true, then what is the purpose of prayer? In particular, intercessory prayer? If the outcome of the situation being prayed for has already been determined—what is the value of my prayer? Do prayers ever produce a result different from what would have happened anyway? In the case of a miracle healing, if predestination is at work, then theoretically, the “miracle” would have occurred regardless of the prayers. Or does predestination only refer to our salvation and no other areas of our lives?


ANSWER:
Prayer changes things. How and under what principle God doesn’t reveal to our understanding, other than that He’s God and can do what He wants. Most likely the problem of understanding the predestination application to prayer lies in our attempt to decipher a limitless God with limited understanding. But any way you slice it, prayers are certainly not fruitless:

FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE TOWARD THE RIGHTEOUS,
AND HIS EARS ATTEND TO THEIR PRAYER . . .
—1 Peter 3:12

. . . The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. —James 5:16

. . . the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick . . . —James 5:15

. . . This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer. —Mark 9:29

Praying . . . that God will open up to us a door for the word . . . —Colossians 4:3

Therefore, when God instructs us to pray, we should pray.

Devote yourselves to prayer . . . —Colossians 4:2

. . . in everything by prayer . . . let your requests be made known to God. —Philippians 4:6

. . . pray at all times . . . —Ephesians 6:18

. . . devoted to prayer . . . —Romans 12:12

[Jesus] was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray . . . —Luke 18:1

Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. —Matthew 26:41

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The following is an amusing unedited comment we received. We filed it in the “A hit dog hollers” file. 🙂

Dear Compass:

You people actually do not understand religion at all . . . what a shame. You make many claims, cite the Bible, twist the words despite your repeated claims not to, to try to “prove” your point, allow women to work in your place of business despite chastising others whom do the same, profess other religions as teaching wrong doctrines (oh, I forgot, you do the same, see above), when you do not, indeed, and I repeat, understand religion. I love reading the scripture you send every day, but the question/answer section is sometimes quite amusing. I know you will have an answer for my statement, but I also know it will be canned, with the same old “scripture says.” Twist and shout!

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