Sunday, August 24, 2014

Deuteronomy 2

Today's reading in our daily plan is Deuteronomy 2. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Moses continues to recount the history of Israel's wandering through the desert. Keep in mind this was a long, arduous journey that was unnecessary. If the Israelites had accepted God's love, trusted Him, and lived according to the commitment they made with Him, they would have entered the promised land after only 15 days. But because of their rebellion they wandered and suffered.
  • Moses reminds the Israelites that God commanded them to honor and live peacefully with their neighbors (verses 4-23) and how, when certain neighbors made that impossible, He would help the Israelites to overcome them.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • It's always true that when people refuse to accept God's love, trust Him, and live His way, they will pay a price for it.
  • The Bible teaches us to love our neighbors (see Mark 12:31) and "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone" (Romans 12:18). We must actively seek to put other people's needs before our own.
  • When there is an unavoidable confrontation or obstacle we must face, when we are following God He will help us to overcome.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Where do you see yourself "wandering" and "suffering" because of rebellion against God? What can you do today to spare yourself from having to suffer future consequences for rebelling against God?
  • What "neighbor" (friend, co-worker, family member, actual neighbor) are you currently at odds with? How could you seek to serve them and put their needs above your own?
  • What overwhelming situation are you facing? Have you been dealing with it in your own strength? Spend some time talking to God about it and asking Him to give you faith that He will "deliver" you from it.