New daily devotional series on Deuteronomy

Oct 2, 2020 by

By Simon Manchester, Gafcon:

Oct 1st. 

I don’t know if you’ve tried to get onside with someone – into their good books – but I guess I’ve tried everything from avoiding tricky subjects to (feebly) agreeing with all someone says and even buying some gift to warm things up.

None of this works with God – and how thankful we should be that it doesn’t. Because if we could perform our way in, we might easily perform our way out. It’s very important to notice then in the very first chapter of Deuteronomy that the Lord sees His people as His children – He has carried them through the wilderness to the edge of the Promised Land “as a father carries his son” (1:31). Don’t miss that ‘key’ in the ‘door’ of the book. It’s crucial to our reading of Deuteronomy as Moses preaches to God’s people, about to enter the Promised Land.

In these 34 chapters he is no more telling the people of Israel how to get into God’s favour than you (if you have children) tell them how to win a place in your family. No, God chose them back in eternity and called them via Abraham then Moses and has miraculously brought them through the wilderness for forty years.

But is there a time for confession and a place for humility among God’s people? There certainly is.

Oct 2nd.

[…] the reason the psalmist often turns to praise so quickly is because he deliberately puts his mind on the facts of God’s past faithfulness. An example of this is Psalm 77 where the writer begins with terrible distress but then deliberately decides to “remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago” (77:11). So, the thinking might go like this: ‘I have a great problem, but have I had problems before, that the Lord has helped me through? The answer is yes’.

This is the principle with Deuteronomy 2 and 3. Moses is reminding God’s people of His power and goodness in defeating nations in the past as they face nations in the future. Getting into the Promised Land will not be without battle – but the Lord has fought (and won) battles before. We would do well to learn this principle of remembering the past in light of the present and future, because sometimes our problems present themselves as if ‘God is going to be shocked and beaten by this one!’

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