Deuteronomy 11 (NLT) “You must love the LORD your God and obey all his requirements, decrees, regulations, and commands… “Your children didn’t see how the LORD cared for you in the wilderness until you arrived here… But you have seen the LORD perform all these mighty deeds with your own eyes!… If you obey, you will enjoy a long life in the land the LORD swore to give to your ancestors and to you, their descendants—a land flowing with milk and honey!… Rather, the land you will soon take over is a land of hills and valleys with plenty of rain— a land that the LORD your God cares for. He watches over it through each season of the year!… “But be careful. Don’t let your heart be deceived so that you turn away from the LORD and serve and worship other gods. If you do, the LORD’s anger will burn against you. He will shut up the sky and hold back the rain, and the ground will fail to produce its harvests. Then you will quickly die in that good land the LORD is giving you… Wherever you set foot, that land will be yours. Your frontiers will stretch from the wilderness in the south to Lebanon in the north, and from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.[b] No one will be able to stand against you, for the LORD your God will cause the people to fear and dread you, as he promised, wherever you go in the whole land…

Haven’t we heard it all before and why should any person live in fear? What is God speaking to the Israelites and us and is there any message in today’s chapter for us?

It is so easy to misread the words written in these chapters and to make hasty judgements of what God spoke to the Israelites as they were about to enter the promised land. We forget that God chose these people, sought to bless them from the get go, was patient with them, loved them, endured their disobedience, put up with their rebellion, granted them much favour despite them not being deserving of it and continued to bless them despite their utter brokenness.

In verse 2, God clarifies the audience to whom He is speaking to. The message was not for the children of the Exodus who were yet to see God’s mighty acts in their lives but to those who walked with God through this incredible journey. This message in today’s sense is to those of us who have been called and are in a relationship with Jesus and it is a reminder of all that God has done in our lives outside of our efforts to bring us to where we are now and who He truly is.

A little over 14 years ago, I was saved by the grace of God and when I look back over the time I spent as a new creation, I see clearly how God has been so faithful time and time again and I have been so wishy-washy in my faith walk. While God’s blessing in my life has been so real, I have repeatedly taken His grace for granted and lived to gratify my self and my carnal nature. Yet today He continues to speak into my life blessing, love, grace and mercy undeserved!

Despite who we are or what we have become, God wants to love us and bestow on us His best. This is such a counter-cultural theology that it is difficult for us to even accept it. The world has taught us that we need to earn our keep and that the consequence of our actions is for us to bear but with God things are quite the reverse.

Through Jesus’s painful and shameful death, God provided humanity the payment for every sin ever because the sacrifice was not just blood but the very blood of His only son! That sacrifice was done 2,000 years ago in a faraway land but is as real today because humanity lives in brokenness and deprivation far from the grace of God and Jesus’ death is the only hope we have.

It is through Christ’s resurrection from the grave that we have new life and this is not a new life to live as we please but a life that we are given to glorify the one who saved us from damnation. Every physical moment we live post accepting Jesus as our Lord and Saviour is to be lived with the sole aim of serving Him to the hopeless world around us.

I am reminded of the wonderful song, Great Is Thy Faithfulness written by Thomas Chisolm and composed by William Runyan that reads:

Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

To sum up the purpose of our new lives in Christ, I am reminded of the words of the Psalmist:

“I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever; with my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 89:1 (KJ21)

In His Loving Service,

  1. Debbie says:

    Thank you, Vineet, for such a beautiful post, reminding us of the mercies of our God! 🙂 God bless you and yours and your life in Him!

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