Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tuesday, July 7th: Deuteronomy 30-31, Acts 7:22-43 ~ Nathan

Some of the things that stood out for me in the reading from Deuteronomy are found in chapter 30, where Moses asks the Israelites twice to chose between living for God or living for themselves.
The Israelites are first given a choice in verse 15: "See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction"  and then again later in verse 19:" This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live".

In both cases they are given a choice,  and it's followed up by a strong recommendation to follow God. We are also given the freedom to follow God or not. God gives us this freedom to chose because He wants us to decide for ourselves if we want to follow Him ,  and not to do it for other reasons. We know the end result for either decision, so why is it hard sometimes to then make the right decisions? Maybe we need to go back to these verses as a reminder.

In our reading from Acts,  we read about Moses,  who made the choice to obey God,  even when others were against him. This obedience wasn't easy,  and I'm sure was filled with frustration many times, yet Moses continued to make the choice to follow God.


TammyIsBlessed said...

Those verses always stand out for me as well. Choose life!

Such a great reminder that every day is a choice. We can't always choose our circumstances, but we choose our attitude and how we face our circumstances - our behaviour, motives, and actions. When we follow God's Word, we always choose wisely, and for our good and His glory.

Pamela said...

This stood out for me:
8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

The last week in June closed a few chapters in our family. Our oldest graduated from high school and our son will be leaving middle school. What an encouragement to know that the Lord goes before our kids. He will be with them. He will not leave them or forsake them. They don't need to be afraid of what lies before them...and neither should I.

Conrad said...

Not to be a broken record, but the same verses stood out to me.

The other verse that stood out was Deuteronomy 30:11:

"Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach."

Encouraging to be reminded that this is for everyone!