Today’s Bible reading: Deuteronomy 9-10:22; Luke 8:4-21; Psalm 69:19-36; Proverbs 12:2-3
Through Moses’s words God reminds Israel that what they are about to do is humanly impossible (Deuteronomy 9:1-2). But they need not fear because God will actually be doing the heavy lifting (Deuteronomy 9:3). He will be the reason they will be victorious. But not because Israel deserves it. The reason God is doing this is because of the wickedness of the current occupants of the land (Deuteronomy 9:4-6).
For the remainder of Deuteronomy 9 God reminds Israel of their past. Being reminded of our prior sin is not God’s way of keeping us down or making us feel defeated (Deuteronomy 9:7). It is God’s way of making us realize how weak we really are. When we forget our sins or explain them away, we fail to trust God in the future. We give ourselves more credit than we deserve.
Even when we do mess up, God is still willing to lead us on our journey through life as we see in Deuteronomy 10:11. God did not forget Israel after the golden calf incident. Once they had repented it was time to put the past behind them and resume the journey. The same is true for us today. Sin can stall our walk with God. But it doesn’t end it. At least not from God’s perspective. He understands. He is patient. And He is ready to keep going when we are.
In Deuteronomy 10:12-13we see what God required of Israel. Certainly these are the same things God requires of us today. God wants us to fear Him. This is not a fear that paralyzes us. Rather it is a reverential fear that keeps us on our toes. God requires that our behavior and thoughts match His plan for our lives, not our own. God requires that we love Him and that all we do, say, and think be for His glory, not our own. And God requires that we keep His commands. This shows respect for God. It also is for our own good. God’s commands are not burdensome. We feel the weight of this life when we reject God and attempt to live according to our own strength.
Jesus tells us that truth (like a lamp) is useless if it is hidden (Luke 8:16). Truth must be placed where everyone can see it. Our lives, as believers in Christ, must shine truth like a lamp shines light. We need to be spreaders of God’s truth to the world.
When we listen to and pay attention to God’s word He will give us more understanding (Luke 8:18). This implies an effort on our part to understand in the first place. I can say that since I decided to do this blog I have received more understanding about God and His word than ever before. But notice that those who don’t even listen will not get any understanding. Clearly it is incumbent upon us to actively pursue knowledge of God’s word and wisdom through it. Those who do not may think they know what they are knowledgeble and have the answers the world needs . But they don’t.
Luke 8:21 is an eye-opening kind of verse. Through it we see the power of obedience. When we obey God’s word we draw closer to Jesus. In fact we draw so close that we are closer to Him than His own family.
Psalm 69 informs us that God is more pleased with praise than sacrifice. We are to praise God for all the great and wonderful things He has done. When He rescues us from a difficult situation, for example. We also saw earlier in the year that we are to praise God for all the promises that He has made that have yet to come true. Doing so shows a tremendous amount of trust in Him. God definitely hears the cries of those in need (Psalm 69:33)
We’ve all heard of some famous person who keeps getting to trouble. Proverbs 12:3 tells us that is because when our minds are bent towards evil we have no stability in life. We move from one bad situation to another. But those who seek good have deep roots – they are stable. That stability comes from having a foundation built on Jesus.
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