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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Deuteronomy 5:1–6:25
Luke 7:11-35
Psalm 68:19-35
Proverbs 11:29-31

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Deuteronomy 5:32-33 (CSB): “Be careful to do as the LORD your God has commanded you; you are not to turn aside to the right or the left. Follow the whole instruction the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live, prosper, and have a long life in the land you will possess.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

When we look at God’s Word and realize that He has called us to obedience, we might misunderstand His motives. We might think that He simply created us, wrote up a bunch of laws, and then commanded us to obey them.

If that is the way we see God’s Word, then we will find absolutely no joy in our journey. We will see God as a heartless judge who is simply waiting for us to mess up. And we will feel utterly frustrated at our inability to remember all of God’s laws, much less obey them.

Our Verses for Today are like a breath of fresh air. They are like a cool breeze on a hot summer day.

We are told that God calls us to obedience … for our own good!

Deuteronomy 5:32-33 (CSB): “Be careful to do as the LORD your God has commanded you; you are not to turn aside to the right or the left. Follow the whole instruction the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live, prosper, and have a long life in the land you will possess.”

While this command was initially and specifically given to the Israelites as they were preparing to enter the Promised Land, it is a general principle that applies to every follower of Jesus. While obeying God’s Word does not guarantee an easy life, it does assure us that we will do well in the life God has given to us.

As we obey, God is free to bless us in whatever way He chooses.

  • Should He choose to bring trials our way to glorify Himself (as He did with the Apostle Peter [John 21:19]) and to demonstrate the character of His followers (as He did with Job [Job 1:8]), then He stands prepared to give us whatever we need to be survive and thrive.
  • Should we live in a country where Christianity is persecuted, then He stands prepared to give us strength and courage (as He did with Daniel [Daniel 6:16]).
  • Should we work for an employer as we live out our Christian work ethic, then God stands prepared to bless our efforts and possibly give us favor in our employer’s eyes (as He did with Joseph and Pharaoh [Genesis 41:37-45]).

Living in devout obedience to God’s Word does not guarantee a life of ease or success (as the sinful world system defines it). However, our obedience frees God up to bless us in whatever way He sees fit. So, obedience to God’s Word is actually in our best interest.

With that in mind, why not take the Verses for Today with you for the next few days. Ask the Lord to make them true of you. Set your mind and heart to read God’s Word regularly and obey everything you read. And then watch to see what God does on your behalf.

Deuteronomy 5:32-33 (CSB): “Be careful to do as the LORD your God has commanded you; you are not to turn aside to the right or the left. Follow the whole instruction the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live, prosper, and have a long life in the land you will possess.”

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