Saturday, November 29, 2014

Deuteronomy 29

Today's reading in our daily plan is Deuteronomy 29. 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?)

  • In this chapter Moses calls the Israelites to stand firm by their commitment to live as God’s people. 
  • The Israelites had made a covenant with God.  This covenant is a promise of commitment.  According to the covenant, God promised to bless the Israelites by making them a prominent nation. In return, the Israelites would be committed to loving God and obeying His commands. 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • God takes the idea of a covenant seriously (see verses 19-21, Matthew 5:37, Matthew 24:13).  Commitment and obedience are the truest forms of love and loyalty with God (see John 14:15).
  • The Israelites stopped recognizing God’s provision for them along their journey.  Like the Israelites, we do not always notice God’s provision in our lives.  It can become easy to grow weary, frustrated, or give the credit to ourselves.  Remembering God’s blessings is a powerful spiritual practice. 

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

  • Where in your life do you have a hard time seeing God’s blessing? What’s the greatest challenge of living a life fully devoted to God?  
  • Are you in the habit of journaling God’s blessings in your life?  If not, spend some time this week listing every blessing in your life.  In addition, maybe consider writing out your personal pledge to commit your life to Jesus. Place this pledge in a noticeable place and read it daily.