I am going to handle
today's passage a little differently.
Instead of working through the Read, Think, Pray, Live sections of the
devotional. I am merely going to type
out the reading for today. I have a few
insights, based on what I've been living through this past year, but I don't
think those need to be the focus today.
The reading speaks for itself; since it's the Bible, it usually
does. But, I want to share just this
passage today because it cuts right to my core.
(1-2) This is the
commandment, the rules and regulations, that God, your God commanded me to
teach you to live out in the land you're about to cross into to possess. This is so that you'll live in deep reverence
before God lifelong, observing all his rules and regulations that I'm
commanding you, you and your children and your grandchildren, living good long
obediently, Israel. Do what you're told
so that you'll have a good life, a life of abundance and bounty, just as God
promised, in a land abounding in milk and honey.
Israel! God, our God! God the one and only!
(5) Love God, your God, with your whole heart:
love him with all that's in you, love him with all you've got!
(6-9) Write these
commandments that I've given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them
inside your children. Talk about them
wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them
from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at
night. Tie them on your hands and
foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on
your city gates.
Abba Father, I don't
know into what land you are about to guide my family, but I pray that you help
us to remember that you are the one leading us there, preparing us for that
land, and I pray that you would always be before us and that we would never forget
that you are the one guiding us. I pray
that we would not forget the lessons we are being taught in the midst of our
current storm. I pray that we would not
falter in disbelief the next time troubles hit our lives because we remember
that you have brought us through this one and through every other trial in our
lives, and that we have become stronger and better able to serve you because of
them. Help us to always live in deep
reverence before you, never forgetting that all we have is a gift from you and
not of our own hands. Thank you for your
mercy that has spared us what we deserve and thank you for your grace that has
granted us what we do not deserve.