Sunday, November 23, 2014

Deuteronomy 28

Today's reading in our daily plan is Deuteronomy 28. 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 chapter opens with God’s promise that he will bless His people.  The key to this passage is found in verse 1.  God will bless those who “fully” obey Him. 
  • The list of blessings stands in contrast to the list of curses that will result from Israel’s disobedience.  This list serves as a forewarning of Israel’s future if they choose to disobey God.  Unfortunately, Israel ends up choosing the path of disobedience and goes on to experience all of the horrors and devastation mentioned in this list. 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • This chapter as well as the book of Lamentations serve as solemn reminders that it doesn't pay to rebel against God.  Our decisions have consequences.  Choosing to rebel against God always impacts us negatively (see Galatians 6:7).
  • Fortunately, we have a God who loves us more than we can possibly comprehend!  His grace, wisdom, and love perfectly model how we can live lives that experience tremendous joy and blessing (see Psalm 119:1-16).

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • What temptations do you encounter that entice you to fall off God’s path?
  • Who in your life holds you accountable to stay spiritually focused?  If you don’t have someone currently, who could you ask to provide that kind of support?
  • Take some time this week to just be still before God.  Read Psalm 119 and thank God for providing you with a better life.