Let us go to the end of the book and see that when it comes to the ways of the Lord we will either walk in them or stumble in them.
The ways of The Lord are right.
But what are those ways?
It has to be more than a list of rules because otherwise no one will walk in them.
God’s ways are not just thoughts or perceived attitudes towards something, it is the how life is lived.
It is the customs, institutions and achievements of a particular nation, people or group, it is called culture. The culture of God.
Within this culture lay the tests and the provocations of God. He does this to teach His way to us.
Remember Genesis 32 and the struggle of Jacob? At what point did Jacob realise that the one who began the fight was not an enemy but a friend? Do you know that within the ways of God lay struggles that are not your enemy but God Himself? You will either walk through this or stumble.
At what point did Jacob realise that the request from the angel of the Lord to “Let me go” was a provocation, a tease? He really did not want Jacob to let go of Him. What if Jacob had let go? It would have been the worst thing he could have done though that was what God was asking him to do. Do you know that within the ways of God lay provocations to let go of your destiny and they come from God Himself asking you to state the level you want to live with Him at? What kind of relationship with God do you want?
Again you will either walk through this or stumble.
All of this is found in the culture of God.
The ways of God are right.
We need to adjust continually, to learn daily what it is to walk in His ways, to know His culture.