"God's Word is Living & Active!" ~ Hebrews 4:12
Deuteronomy 31:1-32:27 ~ Luke 12:8-34 ~ Psalm 78:32-55 ~ Proverbs 12:21-23
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Old Testament – “Be strong and courageous!” is the encouragement & exhortation we hear 3 times in chapter 31 today. It was said by Moses to the Israelites in verse 6, then by Moses to Joshua in verse 7, and finally by God to Joshua in verse 23.
Below is Joshua being commissioned by Moses in a Fresco in the Sistine Chapel by Luigi Signorelli, circa 1481:
Today in Deuteronomy chapter 31 verses 10-12 we read – “Then Moses commanded them: “At the end of every seven years, in the year for canceling debts, during the Feast of Tabernacles, when all Israel comes to appear before the LORD your God at the place he will choose, you shall read this law before them in their hearing. Assemble the people – men, women and children, and the aliens living in your towns-so they can listen and learn to fear the LORD your God and follow carefully all the words of this law.” Incredible verses! I like that Moses was setting up a way for God’s Word to continue to be taught & heard by God’s People every 7 years! I think this gets at a couple of things – 1. We humans are very forgetful. We may hear something once, but we need to hear it over and over again – particularly if it is God’s Word. 2. There is always a new generation of people coming up behind us. It is so important to educate this new generation about God’s Word.
New Testament – Today in Luke 12:25-26 we read: “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” In regards to these verses I once heard someone say that worry is a form of “low-grade atheism.” Which I think is brilliant! When we worry, we are in a sense doubting God. Doubting that God has the situation in control, no matter how dire it may seem.
Psalms – Psalm 78 verses 41 & 42 stood out to me today – “Again and again they tested God’s patience and frustrated the Holy One of Israel. They forgot about his power and how he rescued them from their enemies.” I am continually amazed at how similar we are today to the Israelites when they were wandering in the desert. I am sure that we can on occasion test God’s patience and frustrate him. I would also venture a pretty good guess that many of us forget about God’s power. And forget how God rescued us from our enemies – and continues to rescue us daily.
Proverbs – Today in Proverbs 12:21 we are taught: “No harm comes to the godly, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.” Do you believe this is true? Or does sometimes the opposite seem true? I think sometimes the opposite of this Proverb may seem true this side of heaven. (though not always – I think wickedness reaps much trouble on this earth as well…) But I think clearly from an eternal perspective, this Proverb is absolute Truth. Eternally, no harm comes to godly, but the wicked have their fill of trouble… Let us not lose sight of our celestial horizons!
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on two verses of Scripture today: “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” Luke 12:25-26 NIV
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