Sunday, October 12, 2014

Deuteronomy 16

Today's reading in our daily plan is Deuteronomy 16. 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?)
  • This passage opens up with a call for God’s people to remember His provisions (verses 1 and 12).  God does a lot for His people.  Remembering His provisions is a meaningful expression of worship.
  • Continuing the theme of generosity and giving, Deuteronomy 16 ties in sacrifice with celebration (verses 13-15).  It was customary for God’s people to take part in lavish celebrations and festivals throughout the year.
  • God requires His people to give their resources back to Him as a symbol of  dedication and spiritual focus (verse 17).

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God continually challenges His people to reflect on all the things He has done for them throughout time.  Keeping a log of God’s provisions is a great way to keep centered and focused in our spiritual walk (see 1 Samuel 7:12; Psalm 105:5).
  • Generosity is a core characteristic of God.  We are made in His image and should reflect His generous nature (Ephesians 5:1; Luke 6:38)
  • There is a strong connection between celebration and sacrifice.  When we give of our finances, possessions, or time, we are to do so with a cheerful spirit (see 2 Corinthians 9:7).

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you actively record all of God’s blessings and provisions in your life?  This is a great spiritual practice.  Starting a blessing journal is a great way to gain a fresh and optimistic perspective.
  • Does your spending reflect the generosity of God?  How have you blessed someone with your time, possessions, or finances this week?  Do you have a cheerful attitude when you give to God or others?
  • Pray that God will help you better reflect His image this week.