Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The King's Copy of the Law

Moses foresaw a time when the people of Israel would have a king. He knew how important it would be for the king to be faithful to the Lord. Therefore, God showed Moses what to command that the future kings do to ensure their obedience to the law and their fear of the Lord. (Deuteronomy 17:18,19) This is a great way for us to make sure we grow in the Lord and stay faithful as well.

Moses instructed each king to personally write out a copy of the law of God, so he could keep it and read it all the rest of his life. It was to be approved by the priests, so as to ensure it was copied correctly. Then, he was to keep it and read it constantly. This would lead him to fear the Lord by keeping His Word. What if our presidents had to do the same thing today? I think it would make a huge difference in how they think and act.

The same could be said for us. We all need to fear the Lord. That comes from reading all of God's Word continually throughout each day of the year. As we learn it, we do it, and by doing it we learn to fear the Lord in all we do. We learn His Word, so we can obey His Word. The Lord promises to bless those who fear Him and keep His Word. I pray we will all make this a regular daily practice in our lives.

Tomorrow, I intend to read Deuteronomy 18-20.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Doing What is Right in Our Own Eyes

There I one quick way to get in trouble with the Lord. Just do whatever you think is right. When we do that we see that our ways are not God's ways, so we miss God's will and miss His blessing, too. We will not be able to do whatever we think is right until we are in heaven receiving our rest and our inheritance. (Deuteronomy 12:8,9) This truth is so vital, because it is very natural for us to do things our own way, so we need to reprogram our minds and hearts to be focused on what the Lord says is right.

God has given us the Word of truth, the Bible, to guide us in His ways instead of our ways. Also, He draws us by His Spirit to trust Him and to trust Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Once we do that, we are His child, and we receive the Holy Spirit to live in us. He shows us truth, while convicting us of sin, righteousness, and judgment. Therefore, if we listen to the Spirit, we can stop from doing things our way, and we can do them His way in His power in us. Then, He can bless us, instead of having to punish us for going our own way.

Tomorrow, I intend to read Deuteronomy 15-17.

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Land Cared for by God

We refer to Israel as the holy land. It is holy, because God had set it aside as an inheritance for the descendants of Abraham forever. However, I think it is even more special for another reason. It is the land God cares for, and His eyes are on it all year long. (Deuteronomy 11:11,12) I don't believe this is said about any other land on earth.

Now I have seen with my own eyes that Israel is a good land of hills and valleys, which drinks in rain from heaven. It is a land flowing with milk and honey. It is the special place God made to give to His people, Israel, so it is the place where Jesus came into this world and where He departed from earth. It is being kept safe until the time of the end when Jesus will return to reign from Jerusalem for 1,000 years. In the meantime the Jewish people are steaming back to their land, and they are growing crops and producing bountifully. All of this is true because this land is special to God. He cares for it, and He will continue to use it as the base of His plans for the end of this age. Therefore, the blessing of the land of Israel is a great witness to the truth of God's Word, and it should cause people to bow before Him in repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Tomorrow, I intend to read Deuteronomy 12-14.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Trials to Humble Us and Test Us

God sent two generations of the people of Israel into the wilderness for 40 years. The generation of all those 20 and older died, because for them the wilderness was a punishment for their lack of faith to take the land. Those younger than 20 were not guilty of the sin of unbelief. For them it was a time to be humbled and to be tested. Their faith was tested to see if they would keep the Lord's commands, or if they would follow the footsteps of their fathers. (Deuteronomy 8:2) I am glad they passed the test. How do we do when we are tested?

Some people respond to trials by becoming angry that they are experiencing pain or discomfort. That shows pride. They think they do not deserve the trial, or they do not have time for it. Instead, they should be humble and ask God to show them why they are facing that trial. If it is punishment for sin, then, they need to repent and trust the Lord in that area of life. If it is not for sin, it should still humble them to trust God through the trial. The result in either case is a test of faith. It does not show God our faith. It shows us the quality of our faith, so we can learn to trust Him more. That is why we need to count it joy when we have trials as James 1 tells us. Each trial should bring us closer to the Lord, if we pass the test with a hmble heart.

Tomorrow, I intend to read Deuteronomy 9-11.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

God's Prayer for His People

After Moses finished admonishing the people to keep God's laws and statutes, the people were quick to agree to keep all of them. This pleased the heart of God so much that He said a prayer for His people. (Deuteronomy 5:29) It is always God's desire to bless His people, not to punish them. However, since He is holy, He has to punish all sin of all people. Also, since He is love, He desires for us to love Him back, so He had to create us with the ability to choose to love Him back. This choice makes it possible for us to choose the wrong things, instead of loving Him fully. Therefore, God prays for those who know Him to be faithful to love Him and obey Him, so He can bless us well.

When God knows our needs, He prays for us to have a heart of obedience. He knows the heart is the key. If we have a heart of love for Him that is set on Him, we will obey Him. Also, He knows that we need a healthy fear of Him to remain committed to keeping all His commandments, so He prays for us to have that, too. Finally, He expresses His desire for things to go well for our children and all of our descendants. I know Jesus is praying for all of His own every day. That is His promise to us. Let's ask ourselves if we have a pure heart of love and a good fear of God, so we can glorify Him everywhere we go.

Tomorrow, I intend to read Deuteronomy 6-8.

Friday, February 16, 2018

God Carries Us

There are many times in our lives when we face enemies who are too strong for us, we have trials that are too difficult for us to withstand. At those times we must depend on the Lord even more, knowing that He will fight for us, and He will carry us through if that is what it takes. That is the spiritual truth Moses tried to teach the people of Israel before they went into the Promised land. (Deuteronomy 1:30,31) The sad fact is that the people still listened to the bad report of the 10 spies who decided that God could not defeat the giants of the land, and a whole generation died before their children trusted God and took the land. What should that teach us?

Once God saves us, we can look back and see how He worked miracles to bring us to Christ, and we can see how He was working in our lives over and over. Therefore, why would we ever doubt God? We are like Israel too often. We do not think God would fight for us, or carry us, because we have our focus on the enemies and our trials instead of having it on the Lord. Let's be determined to never forget God's work in our lives and His great love for us. Let's never doubt that whatever He says for us to do is possible, because the Lord can carry us if we are in need, and He can empower us with whatever we need to do His will.

Tomorrow, I intend to read Deuteronomy 2-5.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Barbs and Thorns

Moses warned the people about failing to drive out the inhabitants of the Promised land. He was not going into the land with them, so he wanted to stress the danger of living with the pagan people. They would be barbs in their eyes and thorns in their sides. (Numbers 33:55,56) They would lead them into their sinful practices, so that God would have to destroy them, just as He was punishing the Canaanites. We all need to realize this fact, and take note of it for our lives.

None of us are perfect. However, believers are forgiven of our sins by Jesus when we trust Him as our Lord and Savior. Then, we are to be like Him, being holy as He is holy. If we allow the pagan practices around us to tempt us to go back to our former sins, we are just as guilty of sin as the unbelievers. God hates sin, and He has to punish it, so we receive His anger against our sins. Therefore, we feel the effects of the barbs and thorns. However, we are able to stay away from those things by the power of the Spirit and enjoy God's favor instead.

Tomorrow, I intend to read Numbers 34-36 and Deuteronomy 1.