Lessons learned from Deuteronomy ~
Obey the Lord your God. In this chapter – the final pilgrimage before the Israelites cross the Jordan River – Moses prepares his people to obey the Lord. Much of what was covered in Deuteronomy was not new, but rather re-iterated- as if what he was saying was really really extra important.
It also reminded on several occasions of what God had done for the Israelites! Do I remember what God has done for me? The awesome and amazing prayers He has answered, or do I get caught up in the now too often? I ought to remember that the Lord is always with me, and He always goes before me! (Deuteronomy 1:30).
I love what Moses says in Deuteronomy 4:7, “What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?” – God is always near to talk to, and chase after- yet again.. I become complacent , and lazy – thinking… I’ll connect with God in prayer, and silence tomorrow.
Deuteronomy 4:19 – Its ok to marvel in the beauty of the world – so long as I am not praying to it, or thinking that “it” is the Lord.
4:24: Reminds me of the song How He Loves. “For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God”. God wants ME… he wants us as people. What an amazing thing to think about! HE loves ME! And He gets jealous when we cheat on him with ANYTHING that takes HIS rightful place. God wants us to Obey him – not to make our lives miserable, but as a parent has rules for their children to keep them safe and happy in the long haul.
6:4-9: Hear, O Israel: “The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Yet – we refuse to obey him, so he loved us SO MUCH that He sent his only son to take our place -so that we could STILL be with him. My all time favorite verse in the bible right now is from Isaiah 43:4: “That’s how much you mean to me, that’s how much I love you! I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you”.
Um… WOW! And because of this and I think because of my journey through even these first five books lately I cannot even sing along to this song during worship at church – I simply cry with my head down and eyes closed, realizing I’m being embraced, and fully loved on by God… and its so magnificent!