READING: Deuteronomy 4:25-31
“The Lord will scatter you among the peoples.”
Moses warned them. In fact, he warned them clearly.
He told the Hebrews that if they turned to idols in the Promised Land, God would judge them. Indeed, He would send them exile: “The Lord will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be reduced to a few survivors among the nations where the Lord your God will drive you” (Deut. 4:27). God would not tolerate their choosing any gods above him, though they would tend to turn toward “gods of wood and stone, which cannot see, hear, eat, or smell” (Deut. 4:28).
They would, however, eventually turn toward God again with all their heart and soul – and He would be found. He would be wooing and waiting for them, and they would turn from their sins and obey Him. His deep love for His people would trump their sin; His commitment to His covenant and His heart of mercy would hold them in His hands: “He will not leave you, destroy you, or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them by oath, because the Lord your God is a compassionate God” (Deut. 4:31).
Because I can be a rebellious, stubborn follower of Christ, I’m really thankful that He’s a compassionate God. If my eternity were based on my holding His hand, I would be in trouble – but He instead holds onto me even when I wander. That kind of love makes me want to fight harder to walk in holiness.
- Be aware that our sin costs us. We do not sin without consequences.
- Thank God for not leaving us or destroying us.
PRAYER: “God, thank You for loving me as much as You do. Your love is far beyond my understanding.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Deuteronomy 16-19