Hey there! Hope all y’all are doing well! Grab a cuppa and get comfy for a while. Relax a minute. One thing I really like is going to church every day. Every day, we have tan Old Testament reading, a Psalm and a Gospel. If I pay attention, I can always hear God speaking to me through His Word.
Awhile back, the OT reading was from Deuteronomy chapter 4. Now, I know Deuteronomy can be quite boring. Deuteronomy means “Second Law” because it’s the second time the Law is presented. But this reading caught my attention. It gives great guidelines on how to progress in faith, or how to progress toward our dreams.
Verse 1: Moses spoke to the people and said: “Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees which I am teaching you to observe, that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you.
Notice what he says – observe God’s statutes as He brings you into your possession – your ministry, your vocation, your calling, your dream. I can speak from some experience that as long as I follow God’s ways, He can lead me into all that He has for me. If I choose not to follow Him, well, I can wander around in some pretty crazy places that lead me far away from Him and all that He wants to give me.
Verse 5: Therefore, I teach you the statutes and decrees as the LORD, my God, has commanded me, that you may observe them in the land you are entering to occupy.
Again, notice what Moses says to the people – and us – we are to observe His laws and decrees when we get to the promised place of blessing, or ministry or vocation. If I get what I’ve been dreaming of, but then forget God and His ways, all of the good things can easily ‘go away’. We have to maintain our relationship with Him to maintain the blessings He wants to give to us.
Verse 6: Observe them carefully, for thus will you give evidence of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations, who will hear of all these statutes and say, ‘This great nation is truly a wise and intelligent people.’
Contrary to current ‘popular opinion’, keeping Gods laws is wisdom, and not foolishness. When we conduct ourselves according to the laws and ways of God, the wisdom by which we live will be noticed. It’s sad that so many in our society see God’s laws as either irrelevant and outdated, or they see them as too strict, too narrow, or too confining, so they view them as ‘optional’. But Moses tells us here that the Law is not optional, nor is it outdated or foolishly restrictive. He tells us what we should already know, even simply from studying American History – that God’s law is wisdom. Not only that, but Moses tells the Israelites (and us, too, if we’re paying attention!) that those around us will notice and realize the wisdom of our lifestyle.
Verse 7: For what great nation is there that has gods so close to it as the LORD, our God, is to us whenever we call upon him?
Want to be close to God? Try obeying His laws. The deeper and more sincere your obedience, the nearer He will come to you. He will show that nearness whenever we call upon Him – when we pray to Him.
Verse 8: Or what great nation has statutes and decrees that are as just as this whole law which I am setting before you today?
God is the only wise One. He created us, so He is the only one who could conceive the laws of right and wrong in their entirety. He chose to give us that understanding, so that we could behave wisely. There is no other God, no other Law that is as just. He chose to set it before us, and it would behoove us to study it and learn to live it.
Verse 9: “However, take care and be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live, but teach them to your children and to your children’s children.”
Finally, here is our ultimate responsibility – to keep God’s law at the front of our own conscience and actions, and also to teach them to future generations.
How are you doing with this? Do you need some help? Maybe you don’t even understand God’s law at all. Find a pastor or priest. They will be more than happy to explain anything you don’t understand, and help you to live in such a way that God can bless you abundantly!