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Deuteronomy 32-34; Psalm 13; Luke 13

There are those rare opportunities when we get to sit at the feet of an elderly person and hear all that God has taught them throughout their life. Moses was roughly 120 years old and had lived through so many experiences from his unique birth and upbringing by his biological mother (his Hebrew wet-nurse) and his adopted mother (pharaoh’s daughter). Then, his years of wrestling with his identity and calling both in Egypt and then while basically exiled in Midian. Following the burning bush, we become more familiar with his daily experiences as the mouthpiece of God during the ten plagues and the leader of the brand new nation of Israel as they grumbled their way through the wilderness for 40 years.

Now, he stands in sight of the Promised Land, and knows he will never step foot in it. So, he shares his wisdom and with a final command and blessing couched in a song of worship to God, Moses leaves Israel in the capable hands of Joshua, reminding them that they really have the same leader and protector – Yahweh.

There is none like God, O Jeshurun,
    who rides through the heavens to your help,
    through the skies in his majesty.

Deuteronomy 33:26 ESV

No matter who he is addressing, he points them heavenward. He could no longer lead them physically, but his words would linger in their minds and hearts. He wanted them to walk in confidence into their next battle.

Just a few snippets from the verses in these chapters:

  • God is your dwelling place, in His everlasting arms
  • He is your shield of help
  • He is the sword of triumph
  • All his ways are justice
  • He is your father, creator, savior
  • Remember where you came from
  • Pass this on to your children

And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face,

Deuteronomy 34:10 ESV

I am thankful that Moses’ words are recorded here. His final thoughts and warnings. No one else experienced life the way he did. Knowing God face to face, walking in step with Him almost everyday. I want to soak in the wisdom of the final words of this man of God. While many of them only had immediate practical applications as the people of Israel went to conquer the Promised Land, many of the concepts filter through in some form to us today.

Father God, creator, sustainer, savior, help me carry these wise words of Moses into my pattern of life as well. Remind me to rest in You, knowing your everlasting arms shelter me. You are my shield, my victory, my help. Bring to mind all You have done in my life and throughout the Bible to demonstrate that You are trustworthy and deserving of my obedience. Keep my tongue active in recounting Your faithfulness and wisdom to my children and others in the next generation as well. In Jesus name, Amen.

Erin (6intow)

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Deuteronomy 1-3; Psalm 36; Luke 5

Lord, Your faithful love reaches to heaven,
Your faithfulness to the clouds. God, Your faithful love is so valuable that people take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. Spread Your faithful love over those who know You, and Your righteousness over the upright in heart. – Psalm 36:5,7,10 HCSB

God’s “faithful love” is such an important attribute of God. It is God’s covenant love. I see Him faithful and loyal just as a man loves his wife and is faithful to her. I believe there are no limits to God’s love. I remember talking to my children about how much I love them, in particular, my daughter and I went to great lengths to describe who loved each other more. I tried to make sure I made the statement – I love you to the moon and back.

There are so many stories in the Bible revealing just how much God loves me – He is present and in control. The resurrection was such a great revelation of His amazing love. The Gospel is such a real picture of God’s love for me – it exists because of the goodness of God.

“All his goodness is forbearance, and his love is mercy, because of the weakness, the lowliness, and the ill desert of us on whom the love falls. … The first and last, the Alpha and Omega of God, beginning and crowning and summing up all his being and his work, is his mercy, his lovingkindness.” – Alexander Maclaren

I can read, see and feel God’s love – that He is coordinating and providentially controlling events for my benefit.

Yet He often withdrew to deserted places and prayed. – Luke 5:16 HCSB

If I ever forget that love, I see it here when Jesus prays. It is here, in prayer, that Jesus finds Himself connected in a love relationship with His Father and it is the place where I enjoy being as well.

Father, I see Your love every day as I spend time with You each morning. The Holy Spirit allows me to read what Your love looks like as I engage with Your words in the Bible. As I put into practice those things that You are calling me to do each day, I actually can feel Your love coming out of me and going into those that are looking for Your love or have forgotten just how much You love them. When I call on You, in the name of Jesus, I know that You show up and are part of all my conversations and actions and You allow me to glorify You in all that I say and do. Thank You – it is something I look forward to each and every day.

Erwin (evanlaar1922)

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Deuteronomy 22; Psalm 110,111; Isaiah 49; Revelation 19

I start reading quite a few “one liners” if you will, and this one catches my eye.

“Women are not to wear men’s clothing, and men are not to wear women’s clothing; the Lord your God hates people who do such things. – Deuteronomy 22:5 GNT

It caught my eye because it immediately brought to me to a place of prayer. I felt a bit like Moses standing in the gap knowing that it was my place to stand and pray for a people that needed me to care. Here is another that caused me to pray.

The Lord said to my lord,
    “Sit here at my right side
    until I put your enemies under your feet.” – Psalm 110:1  GNT

This one made me pray for myself, that I might be the person who will meet God one day, face to face, and He will know me as I am known, and see Jesus there instead of my sin.

What a sense of relief to hear His voice welcoming me with joy.

Sing, heavens! Shout for joy, earth!  Let the mountains burst into song!

The Lord will comfort his people;
    he will have pity on his suffering people.

 So the Lord answers, “Can a woman forget her own baby

and not love the child she bore?
Even if a mother should forget her child,
I will never forget you.
Jerusalem, I can never forget you!
I have written your name on the palms of my hands.

Kings will be like fathers to you;
    queens will be like mothers.
They will bow low before you and honor you;
    they will humbly show their respect for you.
Then you will know that I am the Lord;
    no one who waits for my help will be disappointed.

Then all people will know that I am the Lord,
    the one who saves you and sets you free.
They will know that I am Israel’s powerful God – Isaiah 49: 13, 15-16, 23, 26  GNT

 And the encouragement keeps coming as the work of Jesus is described so gloriously.

She has been given clean shining linen to wear.” (The linen is the good deeds of God’s people.)   Then I saw heaven open, and there was a white horse. Its rider is called Faithful and True; it is with justice that he judges and fights his battles. The robe he wore was covered with blood. His name is “The Word of God.”  On his robe and on his thigh was written the name: “King of kings and Lord of lords.”- Revelation 19:8, 11, 13, 16  GNT

Father, I know you when You look at me You see nothing other than the righteousness of Your Son, Jesus. May I be faithful in sharing Your plan of redemption to others who need to know. Thank You for Your Word that has never failed me. You are restoring me – thank You. 

Erwin (evanlaar1922)

 

 

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Deut 21; Psalms 108,109; Isaiah 48; Rev 18

“She bought great quantities of gold, silver, jewels, and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk, and scarlet cloth; things made of fragrant thyine wood, ivory goods, and objects made of expensive wood; and bronze, iron, and marble.  She also bought cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, olive oil, fine flur, wheat, cattle, sheep, horses, wagons, and bodies-that is, human slaves.  “The fancy things you loved so much are gone,” they cry.  “All your luxuries and splendor are gone forever, never to be yours again.” Revelation 18:12-14 NLT

Reading through this list of luxuries, I think about the wise men giving the frankincense and myrrh to Jesus.  I look into my own heart.  How is it like Babylon? What am I grasping onto for myself?  Am I looking to others for what they can do for me? Or am I genuinely loving them like Jesus?

“This is what the Lord says-your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow.  Oh, that you had listened to my commands! Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river and righteousness rolling over you like waves in the sea.  Your descendants would have been like the sands along the seashore-too many to count!” Isaiah 48:17-19 NLT

What am I looking to for fulfillment? I don’t want to miss out on spiritual blessings, because I am so consumed with the things of this world.  And hold on to them so tightly that it becomes an idol…forgetting that it is all His anyway.

“My heart is confident in you, O God; no wonder I can sing your praises with all my heart! Wake up, lyre and harp! I will wake the dawn with my song.  I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.  I will sing your praises among the nations.  For your unfailing love is higher than the heavens.  Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.  Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.  May your glory shine over all the earth.  Now rescue your beloved people.  Answer and save us by your power.  Oh, please help us against our enemies, for all human help is useless.  With God’s help we will do mighty things, for he will trample down our foes.” Psalms 108:1-13 NLT

Dear Father, I want to have a grateful heart.  Thank you for all the ways you have provided for me.  I desire to be a good steward of your gifts.  Give me eyes to see your beauty all around me.  Help me to have an eternal perspective.  You get the glory. Amen.

Amy(amyctanner)

 

 

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Deuteronomy 13,14; Psalm 99-101; Isaiah 41; Revelation 11

I have called you back from the ends of the earth,
    saying, ‘You are my servant.’
For I have chosen you
    and will not throw you away.
10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (Is 41:9-10) NLT

There is an enemy who wants nothing more than to deceive me and convince me that I am not chosen by anyone—why would anyone want me? It started off early in life on the playground when I was one of the last people chosen when they were choosing teams. First choice was always the champion of whatever sport it happened to be. Next would come the “popular kids”. Then there were those of us who were neither great at sports nor popular. Middle school wasn’t much different. School dances when I wanted someone to ask me to dance. I still remember the crushing feeling of having a boy look at me and moving on. Thankfully, I had girlfriends and learned to have fun without all the teenage drama.

Adulthood has had its share of rejections as well. It wasn’t until I found Jesus that I learned the truth of my value. I have a Father who loves me, a Friend who defends me and encourages me, a Teacher who guides me, and a Deliverer who saved me. The verses above assure me I am chosen and the apple of his eye (Ps 17:8). It took a long time for me to grasp that and hold it deep in my heart. His words changed my life.

“Suppose there are prophets among you or those who dream dreams about the future, and they promise you signs or miracles, and the predicted signs or miracles occur. If they then say, ‘Come, let us worship other gods’—gods you have not known before— do not listen to them. The Lord your God is testing you to see if you truly love him with all your heart and soul. Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him. Deut 13:1-4) NLT

The world wants to draw me away from God. It is insidious at times and I don’t realize it right away. My flesh can be drawn to whatever is loudest around me. I’ve found that it isn’t God. He has given me his words, he has given me his directions, he has shown me how he wants me to live. He has invested dearly into my life. His voice is always soft and loving—never loud. He waits to see which I will choose—Him? Yes, Lord, I choose you! Just as you chose me!

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
    Worship the Lord with gladness.
    Come before him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
    He made us, and we are his.[a]
    We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
    go into his courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good.
    His unfailing love continues forever,
    and his faithfulness continues to each generation. (Ps 100) NLT

My God is worthy of all my praise. I know the day will come when all the saints will sing of his glory in one voice. I remember the first time I walked into a church that was alive with the Holy Spirit. I’m not even sure I had accepted Jesus yet but I was seeking. I was a few minutes late and the congregation was singing songs of praise I had never heard. I looked around at their faces. There was a glow as hands and faces were turned upwards singing with everything in them. I thought to myself, “I don’t know what “that” is, but “that” is what I’m looking for!” I could feel it in my soul—hearts united in thanksgiving. Five years later, I was in a church service singing with everything in me. I had a sense that I had left the building and I was standing in the very throne room of God singing only to Him! At the end of the song, I remembered that first time and I realized God had answered a silent prayer I had made that day long ago. What I was searching for was not a “that” but a Who! “His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.”

Lord, thank you for choosing me! This world tries to convince me there is something better—but there isn’t anything better than you! Better is one day in your courts than thousands elsewhere. In my minds eye, I have seen you clapping in delight when I’ve danced for you or sang a song just for you. You’ve shown me over and over just how dearly loved I am by you. I praise you! In Jesus mighty name, Amen

Cindy (gardnlady)

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