Hey party people! Just a friendly reminder that this is not a bible commentary. This is a housewife’s thoughts on a daily bible reading. My thoughts are not the gospel truth, but don’t tell Jesse that! This is just meant to be an encouragement to keep reading your bible everyday. Ok, so now that we have the clear, lets jump in!
“You are a stubborn people.” Ouch! Today Moses carefully reminds them of their rebellion, and of his intersession on their behalf. The reason for this dose of humility is because as they conquer the land there is the danger of becoming self-righteous. They could look around at their circumstances and say to themselves, “The Lord has given us this land because we are such good people!” The truth is, the wickedness of the nations living in the Promised Land is the cause of God ousting them from the Land. And my friends, the longer I walk with the Lord, the more I identify with the struggles of the Israelites. I often am riding a “church camp high” only to fall into the self-righteous position of, “Man! I am killing this Christian Life stuff!” So when Moses says, “Yes, you have been rebelling against the Lord as long as I have known you,” I feel a little ownership in that too even though I am a gentle and not an Israelite.
Verses 10: 17—22 is where we need to land today. The way-out of rebellion and self-righteousness is to remember God’s character. He is the hero of every story. “For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords.” Amen.
Luke 8: 4-21
We get to read Luke’s version of the seed parable. I am struck by verse 15 today. “And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.” CLING TO IT. This struck me because for whatever reason I have been really struggling with a slew of feelings of being overwhelmed, too busy, over worked and unseen. I feel like things are just swirling around me right now, and guess what I can grab on to for security? That’s right, God’s Word. The times when I feel too busy to read it, and sit with the Lord, are the precise moments this verse is saying to cling to it. And don’t miss that pesky word “patient.” This feels like a swear word for someone geared like me. I want these feelings to go away NOW, I want to spiritually mature NOW, and I want to fully rely on the Lord NOW! But guess what, that is exactly what God is teaching against here. Deep roots take time. Jesus + time + His Word + time + cling to the word + time + understanding + time = huge harvest.
Psalm 69: 19-36
We finish the Psalm David wrote to ask the Lord to save him from scorn of the people persecuting him because of his faith in God. Instead of getting bogged down in the circumstances David looks forward to the universal worship of God.
Proverbs 12: 2-3
We talk all the time in this house about how Godly choices always bring peace to a situation and ungodly choices bring chaos. This Proverb reminded me of that idea. Wicked plans always lead to instability