Recently I have been studying the Book of Deuteronomy. It’s one of the books on the left .. the Old Testament. It’s been called the longest farewell speech in the history of ever and Moses is speaking to the younger generation to prepare them for their entry into the Promised Land.
In my head I’m picturing Moses saying, “Guys! Guys … Guys!! Shush for just a minute! No seriously, ya’ll have to listen because you have to go there and call dibs on your inheritance!”
Ok, I’m not sure if that is exactly the way he said it, but God was giving His people a second chance and Moses wanted them to listen and not fizzle out like their fathers had done. They were supposed to already be in the Promised Land thirty eight years prior! Thirty eight!!! Instead they found themselves wandering in a wilderness.
The future of this generation depended on them understanding and obeying the Word of God that Moses was going to tell them. And all they needed to do was to walk in His ways and reverence their Creator. It might sound easy but sometimes that can be difficult when you take your eyes off Him.
The ease of Amazon.
Am I right? If you click on the home page you’ll find sooo many things you don’t need and you’ll wonder how you’ve lived without them!! It’s my “thorn” (see 2 Corinthians 12:7-9). So… like Paul, I am boasting about my weakness because I stand ashamed and God has shown me that while I certainly tithe to my home church a whopping 10% (insert eyeroll) I am wasting the 90% that remains.
Ugh. Sometimes when the Holy Spirit convicts He gets in my face and says, “Seriously?? I’ve given you everything you need and this is stewardship?”
Then …. 1 Timothy 6:17 slapped me in the face with this: “17-19 Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.”
But rather than wallow in my sinfulness, God showed me that my loyalty has been divided. I might talk a good talk but my actions proved otherwise. God wants all of me … and it seems Amazon wanted all of me too. I was allowing the world to give me something good.
John Bevere says, “Everything from God is good, but not everything good is from God.” Those “things” purchased from the store don’t bring me peace, they don’t bring me real joy … they are things. And my goal is to please God so I have to have the ability to discern what is needed and what is not needed.
When God shows me where I mess up, it always humbles me but I don’t allow it to cripple me. I start with confession and ask Him to remove the ‘thorn of the day’ and then find Scripture to help me with obedience. I follow up with praise and ask Him to bring me back into a right standing with Him.
And what a blessing it is to be back in His presence! He never leaves me but when I start doing my own thing, I turn my back on Him and in this particular case, grab my phone and pick Free Prime Day Shipping. Ugh.
When it comes to life, we all need to follow Paul’s example when he says, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Phil. 4:11).
If I did not use each morning to sit and study God’s Word then I would miss out on Him giving me discernment. It’s not enough to find a nice Christian devotional and read each day. You have to dig into the Word and discover for yourself exactly what God’s desires of you. My obedience to His Word is to be motivated by love. When you love God, you want to obey Him and the more I read the Bible, the more truth is planted into my heart and mind.
Make sense or am I rambling?
It isn’t easy but as a Christian we have the power of the Holy Spirit working within us!
Tap into it!!