Day 11: Deuteronomy 11:18-28
So keep my words in your hearts and minds. Write them down and tie them on your hands as a reminder. Also tie them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home. Talk about them when you walk along the road. Speak about them when you go to bed. And speak about them when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses. Also write them on your gates. Then you and your children will live for a long time in the land. The Lord promised to give the land to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Your family line will continue as long as the heavens remain above the earth.
So be careful. Obey all the commands I’m giving you to follow. Love the Lord your God. Live exactly as he wants you to live. Remain true to him. Then the Lord will drive out all the nations to make room for you. They are larger and stronger than you are. But you will take their land. Every place you walk on will belong to you. Your territory will go all the way from the desert to Lebanon. It will go from the Euphrates River to the Mediterranean Sea. No one will be able to stand up against you. The Lord your God will throw the whole land into a panic because of you. He’ll do it everywhere you go, just as he promised you.
Listen to me. I’m setting a blessing and a curse in front of you today. I’m giving you the commands of the Lord your God today. You will be blessed if you obey them. But you will be cursed if you don’t obey them. So don’t turn away from the path I’m now commanding you to take. Don’t turn away by worshiping other gods you didn’t know before.
Deuteronomy 11:18-28 (NIRV)
In Deuteronomy we find the instructions of Moses explained and rehearsed for a new generation. Deuteronomy speaks to the faithfulness and practice of the covenantal – mutually committed - relationship between God and His people. Here we find promises of life, existence, and authority in the presence of other nations and cultures who appear strong and wise. We are promised the same today through Jesus. He is the giver of life – life abundant. We exist as lights in the world. He gives us authority to proclaim His name through words and actions.
However, all of these promises – blessings - arise from expectation. Just as Jesus was obedient to the cross, we are called to a faithful obedience. Moses bids us, “Live exactly as he wants you to live. Remain true to him.”
We live out the promise of God in a world of generations. Our obedience becomes a living testimony.
Our stories of God’s faithfulness are necessary for the formation of the next generation. Our words speak to the struggles of life and promise of God. Let us not cheat on God by chasing the handsome gods of our society.
More than our own souls are at risk in our faithfulness to God. The generations to come will look to us as a model of trust.
We must model for the next generation the identity of God’s faithful people.
In this Lenten season, let us pray that God would illuminate the false gods of our life.
Let us pray for boldness to live exactly as he wants us to live, holding nothing back.
Phil Starr, Pastor of Student Ministry