Saturday, March 1, 2014

Deuteronomy 25-28

In Deuteronomy 25-28, Moses continues to remind the Israelites to obey God.  Why does he seem to repeat himself so many times on this topic of obedience at this point?  It's so simple.  Obeying God leads to great blessings in our lives.    Moses knows the Israelites are about to enter the land "flowing with milk and honey," and he doesn't want them to forget their dependence on God once their daily lives are much easier.  

I keep reading through Moses' words, and He covers every single detail of the Israelites' lives.  God is involved in EVERYTHING they do.  There is nothing in their daily living that is "off limits" to God.  Even their very private matters, matter to God.

And then I think about our lives today.  Jesus, our Savior, brings us into God's family.  We are God's treasured people too.  So, how normal is God in our daily living?  

It's as if Moses is warning the Israelites about the very future lives in which many of us live right now.  He knows it's a likely possibility that when things have been "good" for a while, the Israelites will forget that God still wants to be the center of attention. 

If we take Moses' words into our hearts today, we can't help but realize that as God's children, there is nothing about us and our lives that is "off limits" to God, even our very private matters.  God wants to be a part of EVERYTHING we do too.  He wants to bless us like only He can!  The more room we give Him in our lives, the more He is able to bless us...

All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:

You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.
You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

Where does God need more room to move in your life?

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

Thank You for Your living Word I read today.  I pray Your Holy Spirit will speak to my heart and move me closer to You.  I know that the more I give You, the more You can do in me, through me, and for me.

Help me hear your voice and feel Your presence, Lord, as I spend some time sitting quietly with You.  I want to listen to all that You have to say to me now. 
[spend some quiet time with your mighty Savior and Counselor]

In the name of God my Heavenly Father, God the Son, my Savior, and God the Holy Spirit that fills me,

May God bless you and keep you,

  *This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more.

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