Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Richness

Wow, God is so good. I love when He reveals something about Himself and it blows me away! I am out of town with my mom and daughter. My mom and I just reflected on His workings in the lives of some mighty men and women of God that we know. Wow, praise Him!

I read in Deuteronomy again this morning. One of my posts from the other day was entitled, "Remember!" Again, this topic resonated from the text.

"So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant--when you have eaten and are full--then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage." (Deut. 6:10-12)

Oh, this text is rich! A few brief (I'll try) comments:
  1. The Lord is faithful to His promises! He followed through with the promise of bringing the Israelites to their new land. He will follow through with His promises to us! Get in His Word and stand firm on His promises.
  2. The Lord pours out His grace--we cannot contain it! In this text we see Him give earthly blessing beyond themselves--they had not worked for it, built it, filled it, planted it, or dug it. They simply stood in the outflow of God's gifts. He is merciful and good--a giver of gifts we cannot begin to "deserve" or earn; and His greatest gift is spiritual life and spiritual abundance in Him!
  3. The Lord knows us perfectly--heed His warnings! The nature of man is to run hard after God in the midst of trial--seeking healing and safety. But often when in abundance and comfort, we forget. He is so good, friend. He is so good that being in trial with more of Him is better than physical, worldly comfort without awareness of His amazing character and ways. Are you there?
  4. The Lord frees from bondage! Oh what a life-giving truth! In this text we read of His physical freeing of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Friend, He waits to give you and me freedom from the strongholds in our own lives. In Him is freedom--freedom to love, forgive, and dance. Take His hand and let Him lead.

His Word is alive. It is life to our weary bones. It is the bread and water that will sustain.

Be blessed in Him today!


p.s. I know I used a bunch of "!" today. Can you tell I am full?

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