03/06/16 I Declare This Day

READING: Deuteronomy 24-27

Have you ever “re-committed” your life to God after a period of wandering, even as a believer in Jesus? When I was a young teenage believer, I think I recommitted my life at least once a month. The recommitments always followed a period of some sin, and seldom (frankly) did they lead to a renewed commitment to obedience. My words of renewal were just that — words — that didn’t always result in more faithful living. 

I was quite willing to state my commitment in words. I’m sure I would have affirmed what the Hebrews were willing to say as recorded in today’s reading in Deuteronomy: “You have declared this day that the Lord is your God and that you will walk in obedience to him, that you will keep his decrees, commands and laws—that you will listen to him” (Deut 26:17). In fact, I suspect I even said something like these words more than once. What I didn’t realize then was just how important obedience is. I often continued to struggle, even though I had said what I thought were the right words. 

Looking back now, I realize just how faithful God has been to me even when I’ve not been faithful to Him. He’s kept His promises to me even when I’ve not always kept my word to Him. Today, that realization makes me long to love Him more — to be even more deeply committed to walk in obedience to Him, to keep His decrees, commands, and laws, and to listen to Him. 

With this devotion, I declare in renewal that the Lord is my God, and I will follow Him with all my being. I trust this commitment draws me ever closer to Him. 

ACTION STEPS: Consider these steps:

  • Make the same words above your commitment today. Even if you’re walking faithfully with God, genuinely reaffirm your commitment. 
  • Turn from any sin that hinders the commitment you have just made.   
  • Worship God with all your being today.  

PRAYER: “God, You are my God. I will walk in obedience to You this day.”  

TOMORROW’S READING:  Deuteronomy 28-29