Propose Interchanges with Purpose
To propose is “to consider, discuss or adopt” something, such as: marriage, a question under discussion, amendments to laws, or a treaty between countries. Propose can be interchanged with the word purpose as they are different forms of the same Latin word, propono, proposui.1
The Lord proposes for us to follow the Lord of Hosts Who is holy. And He proposes we do not follow after those who consult mediums and spiritists. For the Lord says, “those who are evil will be driven away into darkness.”
“Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted; state a proposal, but it will not stand, for God is with us.” ~Isaiah 8:10 NASB
God proposes to rescue those who chose to follow Him, and who refuse to walk in darkness. When we purpose our hearts after God [just as Jesus did!], God helps us.
“For the Lord God helps Me; therefore, have I not been ashamed or confounded. Therefore, have I set My face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.” ~Isaiah 50:7 AMPC
Propose: God as Our Shelter
Psalm 91 proposes God as our shelter when it states that if we “dwell in the shelter of the Most High and abide in the shadow of the Almighty, God will deliver us, He will cover us, He will give His angels charge over us, He will set us securely on high, He will save us, and He will satisfy us with a long life.”
Here is the complete passage:
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.
You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
You will only look on with your eyes
And see the recompense of the wicked.
For you have made the Lord, my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.
For He will give His angels charge concerning you,
To guard you in all your ways.
They will bear you up in their hands,
That you do not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread upon the lion and cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.
“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
“With a long life I will satisfy him
And let him see My salvation.”
~Psalm 91 NASB
Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address A Score is Twenty Years – Strength with Dignity
1 Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. Retrieved July 14, 2022, from Websters Dictionary 1828 – Webster’s Dictionary 1828 – Propose
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Every Friday, I join an online Christian writing community, Five Minute Friday. We are given a one-word prompt and write – unscripted, unedited, pure free-write – for 5 minutes. The prompt this week is propose.