TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31
SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 11
BY: Jeremy Witt
Moses starts off talking to parents, grandparents and other adults. He calls them to love God and obey Him. In verse two, Moses points out that he isn’t talking to the younger generations. Why is this? The older generation had experienced the miracles of God and saw His power and miracles. Their faith grew as they walked with God. They had trusted Him in a variety of ways. But their children and grandchildren had not. God specifically tells the parents to love God and to obey. He doesn’t simply say obey, but He points out first that they are to love God. Our kids need to us love God and serve Him. They need to see us obey His Words. This helps them to see for themselves what God can do in our lives. We as parents are to be the example before our kids. This is why God calls parents to love God and obey His Word. It is for our kids and for their faith to become their own. This is key for them to become lifelong followers of God. Because parents have not done this today is why so many young adults leave their faith. It was not real. It was not their own faith, but simply their parents faith, which is never enough.
In verses 8 and following, Moses tells the people of the blessings of obedience. If you will do this, then these blessings will follow. If you notice, obedience led to a variety of blessings. Go read verses 8-15 and notice what areas of life are affected by obedience.
Verse 16-17 are critical for us to grasp. Just like Jeremiah 17:9 addresses this issue as well. You and I simply cannot trust our hearts. Notice in verse 17 what is deceived. It is not our brain. It is not our eyes, ears, or mouth. It is our hearts. Our hearts can be deceived. What guides our heart? Our feelings and our emotions guide our heart. Our feelings can be influenced by lack of sleep, lack of good nutrition, due to medications we are taking, chemical imbalances within our body, and lack of exercise. Our hearts and feelings are susceptible to a variety of things. Yet our world says, “Trust your heart” or “listen to your gut.” NO! NO! NO! God’s Words teaches us that our heart can be deceived and mislead us. We must trust in the LORD and in His Word, which does not change. Notice verse 17 and the implications of following our hearts.
We see Moses repeat the Shemah in verses 18-21. Be careful to obey the commands of the LORD. When we do these things, the blessings will come. Moses points out some immediate blessings they would receive when they were faithful. Notice the promises in verse 25!
We see a crossroads in verse 26. A blessing or a curse are the results. Naturally we want the blessing, but will we stick to God’s pattern or trust our hearts? Because we have the ability to look backwards, we know that the Israelites failed to stick to God’s standard and they trusted in their own ways of doing things. They followed their hearts. They received the curse when they lost their land, the Temple, and their place near God.
Are you following the pattern of the Israelites? Is your family? Are you children seeing you love God and obey His Word or are they watching you chase your heart’s desires? Are we leading our families to worship the LORD God and know Him personally? What would our families look like if we did? What would our church look like if we did? What would our communities look like? Imagine what if we were faithful and obedient to the LORD today.