God's Word For Today
Read Deuteronomy 31:1 through 34:12
Published: Feb 21, 2017
“What is your name?” Joe asked through the shattered car window.
“Sherry . . . My name is Sherry. I’m scared.”
“Don’t be scared. I’ll stay with you. Trust me. You will be okay.” Joe’s words comforted her.
“They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess” (Deuteronomy 32:47).
Joe’s words calmed Sherry because of the truth they conveyed. As an emergency responder, he had the tools and experience to provide the help she needed.
Israel counted on the words of the Lord. Moses reminded them of all that God had said. God’s promises and warnings were not idle. If the people honored God, He would not leave them. His words were words of life.
Believers can live in the blessing of God’s presence. He does not change and neither do His promises. We are to cling to good and turn from evil. If we will abide in Jesus, His Holy Spirit will never leave us or forsake us.
Prayer Suggestion: Father, please help me to study and heed Your Word.
Quicklook: Deuteronomy 32:39–47
The Big "If"
Read Deuteronomy 27:1 through 30:20
Published: Feb 20, 2017
The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom (Deuteronomy 28:13).
“If” is a small word that carried huge implications for the children of Israel. If they were careful to keep the Lord’s commands, God would look after all of their concerns. If they did not keep them, then the outlook was not so bright. God would remove His presence and the protection that accompanied Him. In His absence, destruction would surely follow.
Obedience and God’s presence go hand in hand. People walk in the grace of God and neglect to realize that to please Him, He must be obeyed. Some of God’s promises have that little, easy-to-miss word—“if.” The grace of God enables us to begin to live as the Father would desire. When that is done, God opens doors that otherwise are closed to us. He comes near. In God’s Word, even the little words carry big meaning.
Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me obey even in things that seem small.
Quicklook: Deuteronomy 28:7–14
Read Deuteronomy 19:1 through 26:19
Published: Feb 19, 2017
Deuteronomy 24:22 isn’t the Bible verse many people post on social media. It isn’t often the memorized “verse for the day” highlighted on the refrigerator.
But for Israel, it served as a reminder. God wanted His work with the Israelites to remain highlighted and in bold. He wanted His work to be remembered.
There were reasons for His commands. God had brought the nation out of a season of painful slavery. To reinforce that historical miracle, God hoped His people would treat others the way He had treated them.
God instructed the Israelites to give, not just to Him in a comfortable, planned, expected offerings, but to leave gleanings in the vineyard for the strangers, the fatherless, and the widows:
“Remember that you were slaves in Egypt. That is why I command you to do this” (Deuteronomy 24:22).
God planned for His people to share. Giving to others is an act of remembering all that God has given.
Challenge for Today: Remember what God has guided you through. Allow it to inspire you to serve others.
Quicklook: Deuteronomy 24:17–22
Read Deuteronomy 12:1 through 18:22
Published: Feb 18, 2017
What does a person do in a society that lacks respect for the law and the rights of others? In years gone by, most people seemed to have a general respect for authority and their neighbors. “God, family, and country” was the order of the day. But what happens when long-standing social norms are tossed aside?
It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him (Deuteronomy 13:4).
For believers, two truths remain the same throughout time: God’s Word is unchanging, and respect of His authority is required. It is God who allows people to hold places of authority. Parents, teachers, law enforcement, and government officials are in positions of power and influence because God has ordained these roles. Honor is to be given to whomever honor is due and respect is to be given to whomever respect is due. Putting God first properly aligns everything else.
Thought for Today: Following God means honoring His ways.
Quicklook: Deuteronomy 13:1–4
Read Deuteronomy 9:1 through 11:32
Published: Feb 17, 2017
“Mom, it won’t do any good to talk to her. Besides, she’s right. I don’t deserve to be on the team anymore.” Emily lowered her head onto the table.
“I have to agree with Mrs. Houston. Your missing practices and poor performance have disappointed her and let the team down. But let me talk with her. If you will commit to change, maybe she will give you another chance. Everyone needs grace on occasion.”
I feared the anger and wrath of the Lord, for he was angry enough with you to destroy you. But again the Lord listened to me (Deuteronomy 9:19).
Under the right circumstance, a person might change a course of action. Moses went before God to represent the people of Israel. God did listen to Moses and spared them.
Sometimes individual Christians come before God seeking personal forgiveness. At other times, they come before God and plead the cause of another.
In both situations, we can trust that God hears our prayers.
Prayer Suggestion: God, please help me to see Your grace at work in my life and help me show grace to others.
Quicklook: Deuteronomy 10:12–19
Read Deuteronomy 5:1 through 8:20
Published: Feb 16, 2017
It was not with our ancestors that the Lord made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today (Deuteronomy 5:3).
It is easy to look around and wish to have lived in a different time and place. How wonderful it must have been to hear Jesus’ voice or to look into His eyes. What an amazing experience for the people of Israel to hear the words of the covenant and see the stone tablets. Much more recently, what an opportunity for those who heard George Whitefield preach, or for those who attended the church revivals of the early 1900s.
But what about today? This generation is included in God’s great plan. The Lord is presently at work. His abilities and plans do not diminish with time. Salvation, healing, provision, protection, direction, and heaven are still available. Jesus came and fulfilled the covenant God guaranteed to Israel, and established a new covenant. Through His life, death, and resurrection, the promise of salvation is for everyone today. This generation is not excluded from His presence or His promises.
Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me to embrace Your Word for today.
Quicklook: Deuteronomy 5:3–11