Monday, March 3, 2014

Deuteronomy 29-31

Deuteronomy 29-31 gets at the heart of Moses' send-off message to the Israelites.  Moses is 120 years old, and he fears what will happen to God's people after he is gone.  He gives them two choices for living in the future, following God and His promises for them (which leads to blessings) or going their own way and forgetting His promises for them (which leads to self-destruction).  Moses seems to know that the day will come when God's people forget their mighty God.  Moses gives a copy of God's covenant, containing all of the commands and promises, to the Levites and tells them to read it every year to the entire community.  He is passing the torch to Joshua to lead the Israelites.  God's love for His people and His promises is a legacy Moses knows needs to be passed down from generation to generation.

So here it is.  God has these great promises for the Israelites, and He wants them to listen to Him and obey Him, wherever life takes them.  

It's no different for us today.  God has these great promises for you and me.  He wants us to listen to Him and obey Him, wherever life takes us.

How do we do that?

I think one of the most amazing resources we have as believers is the Bible.  God's Word is the Living Word.  Need guidance?  Want the Holy Spirit to work in You?  This book of truth will speak to your heart.   

We don't have to go to great lengths to find it or to be transformed by it.  Moses tells us that we always have it.

14 No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.

 It doesn't matter that we are far in time from the actual events and stories.  God's love story is still applicable to everything we have going on today.  That is fascinating to me and so comforting.  

God's Word is powerful and life-changing.  

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

I thank You for speaking to me through Your Living Word.  Help me to hear Your voice every time I read it.  Guide me in the ways I should go.  Transform me to let go of my ways and follow Your ways.

Thank You for always going with me, wherever this life takes me.  I pray for Your courage and strength in all the things You need me to do.

I also pray for ______________ (name those on your mind) today.  Please, Lord, bless them today with Your loving presence and comfort.  Draw them close to You.

In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit,

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

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