I camped out this past week in Deuteronomy. This book is so convicting. If you haven’t read it, Moses is telling the Israelites that they are about to take the promised land, the land that God promised to their ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is telling them that the people currently living in it are bigger and stronger than they are but to not be afraid because God will deliver them into their hands and they will take the land. How amazing is that? If God is with us, we win!
But what convicted me was reading how stupid the Israelites are. God literally tells them that everything is going to be ok, they are going to win! He has already brought them out of Egypt where they were slaves and took care of them even though they were in the wilderness for forty years. They have every reason to believe God but they keep whining, worrying, questioning, and even gave up on God and worshipped a golden calf while Moses was on the mountain receiving the ten commandments!
I am this stupid Israelite.
I have seen God do amazing things. I really have! I have experienced God showing me my terrible sin and it is a terrifying experience! But one that I am so thankful for and still in awe of. Yet, I find myself still fearing sometimes, still wondering if things will turn out. Still seeing the world with stars in my eyes. Yuck.
This is why it is so important to abide. We must stay in the word and pray CONTINUALLY.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15: 5-7
In Deuteronomy 9, Moses tells the Israelites to remember that it definitely was not their righteousness that gave them this blessing of the promised land.
After the LORD your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself, “The LORD has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.” No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is going to drive them out before you. Deuteronomy 9:4
I am thankful that the Lord opened my eyes to my sin. I am thankful that Jesus Christ died because He took my punishment for it all. I understand this and I didn’t before even though I called myself a Christian. But by God’s grace and mercy, I do understand now and I understand the peace that this brings.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7-8
If you still read these verses and don’t fully understand how they are true, it’s ok! Just pray to God to give you understanding and He will. I’m telling you, it will change your life. It really will. See for yourself.
I don’t have any tattoos but if I did get one, it would say “humility”. I must remember who I am.
I am no one.
The only righteousness in me is God.
The only good that comes from my hands is what the Lord chooses to do through them.
Any reward I receive is God’s reward that He graciously lets me enjoy.
Thank you, Jesus.