Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Deuteronomy 31-34

We finish up the book of Deuteronomy as we read chapters 31-34.  Moses sings an emotional song of faith to the Israelites, and then heads up on Mount Nebo to die.  It is at that moment we can't help but remember that even the greatest leaders, Moses included, struggle in faith.  Moses does not get to enter the Promise Land because of the way he decided to bring water out of a rock many years earlier.   Moses, however, does get more intimate time with God and a good look at the Promise Land.  At 120 years old, Moses dies and leaves behind beautiful blessings for the twelve tribes of Israel and a lasting legacy of God's powerful love that lives on in us who believe today.

Moses has come so far since God first spoke to him in a burning bush.  His life of faith is an inspiration on how God calls us to great things for Him.  Remember Moses' self-doubt in the beginning?  Moses couldn't possibly imagine how in the world he was going to accomplish all God was asking of him.  

Moses wanted God to find another man for the job, and yet he took a leap of faith because only God could be in that burning bush.  It was a powerful defining moment that lead to a transforming faith.  Moses shows us both how God loves us and how we are to love God.  

In fact, Moses knows that God's Words are powerful, not only for him but all of God's people.  They are more than letters on a page.

47 They are not just idle words for you—they are your life.

We see again and again that when we faithfully live out God's plan for our lives, God does not disappoint us.

It's in God's purpose, like Moses, that we clearly hear God's voice, see God's miracles, feel God's loving and protective presence, and realize the pure joy that only comes from God.

I can't help but stop and think.  God, am I living out Your purpose for my life right now?  Is there anything else You need me to do?  

I will proclaim the name of the Lord.

    Oh, praise the greatness of our God!

He is the Rock, his works are perfect,
    and all his ways are just.
A faithful God who does no wrong,
    upright and just is he.

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

I praise You!  Thank You for being my Rock and for blessing me with Your perfect works.  

Help me to stay close to You, Lord, and hear Your Words for my life.  Use me for Your purposes and fill my heart with a strong love for You.  

Forgive my self-doubts.  You are my strength and with You I can do all things.

__________________________ (name all those on your mind) also need Your strength and peace this day.  Bless them, please Lord.

In the name of Your Son, Jesus, I pray,

In Christ's love,

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

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