Stop and Consider
Deuteronomy 4:32-35, “Now search all of history … Has any other god dared to take a nation for himself out of another nation by means of trials, miraculous signs, wonders, war, a strong hand, a powerful arm, and terrifying acts? Yet that is what the Lord your God did for you in Egypt, right before your eyes. He showed you these things so you would know that the Lord is God and there is no other.”Stop for a moment and consider just how great God really is! This is exactly what Moses wanted to remind the Israelites of before they made their trek into the Promised Land — a trip Moses himself would never make. Knowing this, He gathered God’s people for a final pow-wow before handing over the reins to God’s newly appointed leader, Joshua.First, he told them to consider the past. No other nation had ever heard God speak audibly from fire or witnessed so many miracles, signs, and wonders for their protection and deliverance from slavery. So, Moses wanted his people to remember all the amazing things God had done for them as they faced an uncertain future in unfamiliar territory. The Lord, the only God, made Himself known to them so that they could know Him. We, too, must never forget how God has touched and transformed our lives. We’ve been set free from sin and death so we can live out the life God has for us.Moses concluded with yet ANOTHER reminder to obey God’s commands. This would also help them remember that they were God’s chosen people with a special place in His plan. Knowing this, they should want to please God and live out His best. As Christ-followers, we, too, have been called by God and gifted with a unique purpose for His kingdom. Therefore, despite any trials or uncertainty we may face, we should seek to obey God to stay on track with His special purpose.Today, let’s take Moses’ words to heart, consider all that God has done, and obey His commands as we seek to live out His purpose in the light of His blessing and favor.
Dear Lord, As I stop and consider just how great You truly are, I’m in awe of the countless, amazing things You’ve done for me. May I never lose sight of that as I seek to live out my unique calling and remain obedient to Your commands. Amen.