03/14/18 The Lord God

READING: Deuteronomy 24-27

“And today the Lord has affirmed that you are his own possession.”

Deuteronomy 26:18

Read these words, and then meditate on them a bit. Let them sink in for you:

  • “So we called out to the Lord, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our cry and saw our misery, hardship, and oppression. Then the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, with terrifying power, and with signs and wonders. He led us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey” (Deut. 26:7-9)
  • “And today the Lord has affirmed that you are his own possession as he promised you, that you are to keep all his commands, that he will elevate you to praise, fame, and glory above all the nations he has made, and that you will be a holy people to the Lord your God as he promised” (Deut. 26:18-19)

There’s so much here that gives me reason for gratitude. First, the God of the Hebrews—our God—hears the cries of His people. He actually listens to them. Second, He’s powerful – the God who can move an entire people out of an oppressing nation into a land He had previously promised them. Third, the people were His “possession,” and they would be His “holy people.” He’s a relational, personal, caring, God who draws people to Himself. 

This is the God you and I are privileged to serve. Today, let’s not take this relationship for granted.

ACTION STEPS: 

  • Rejoice as you consider who God is.
  • Live with a heart of deep thanksgiving today.

PRAYER: “God, thank You for being my God and allowing me to be Your child.”     

TOMORROW’S READING:  Deuteronomy 28-30