Lately, my heart has been set on reading Deuteronomy. For the past few weeks I have been studying Moses’ final words to the Israelites.
In reading Deuteronomy, God is showing me how Chele’s and my life are mirroring the Israelites’ in many ways. This parallel is both daunting and comforting. It is daunting because the Israelites’ lives were reflected by lack of trust and continued forgetfulness, which shows me how many pitfalls I can experience during my walk with God. It is also inspiring because you can see the love God has for his people and then see the resulting patience and mercy that flows through Him. Being adopted into His family, I get those same benefits and I thank God my Lord for his incredible mercy and patience with me.
Here are a couple of verses that have hit home over the past week. As I read them, I am reminded how important it is to remember all that God has done for me.
“When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.
“But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today,” Deuteronomy 8:10-11
“He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’ Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath,” Deuteronomy 8:17-18