Deuteronomy 32:3-4 The Greatness Of God

I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. Deuteronomy 32:3-4

Moses had just announced that he was about to die and that Joshua was to become the leader of the people after him. He now begins to proclaim some blessings on each of the twelve tribes of Israel. He starts out with praising God as a perfect God who does no wrong at all.

In this world there are many things that change. Change is the one thing that a person can seem to count on. If you do not like the way things are, just wait a little while and it will change. Someone new will come in or someone will leave and make a change.

Government leaders change and bring with them different changes in how to run things. Businesses rise and fall all the time. The latest fashions change. The best run items change.

Yet, in spite of all the changes in this world, God does not change. He is perfect at all times in everything He does. He never makes a mistake.

Through Jesus, God had provided the perfect plan for salvation for every person.

He is described as a Rock. A rock is solid and does not change. It has a firm foundation that can be stood upon.

With God being a perfect rock, it makes Him all the more great! You can stand upon the promises of God and know that He will fulfill every one of them. You can trust that He will provide for your every need.

You can trust that when you ask Jesus for forgiveness, you have been forgiven.

You can know that Jesus will return some day.

In all of this, give God praise! Praise the greatness of God!

What more could you ask for in God?

I pray today that you will know the greatness of God; that you will trust in God; that you will know and trust His promises to you; that you will stand on Jesus alone; and that you will praise God for His greatness.

Deuteronomy 30:4 You Will Be Brought Back

Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the LORD your God will gather you back. Deuteronomy 30:4

Moses had told the people that if they follow God with all of their heart, they will prosper and be made the head of all nations. He also said that if they disobey God, they would be destroyed as a nation. The people are warned that they will fall away from God in the future, but they are also given some hope. After they have fallen away and been scattered over the earth, if they turn back to God, He will bring them back, regardless of how far away they are.

There are some people who grew up in a Christian home, serving and loving God. As they get to teen-age or young adult levels, they walk away from God. They start choosing a path that is far from God and filled with great sin.

Years later, someone reminds them of Jesus, and they turn it down, because they feel they have walked too far away from God to get back. Many feel that they have sinned too much for God to forgive them anymore and that God does not want them again.

You may be in that place. A lonely place where you have chosen things that pulled you away from God. You chose to disobey God and walk away and feel you can’t get back.

No matter how far you have walked away from God, you can still get back to Him. God is everywhere, even where you are as you try to walk away from Him. As soon as you turn towards Him, He turns and runs to you.

God does not seek to destroy you. He has no desire to destroy anyone. Jesus came to save everyone in the world, which includes you. God will go any distance needed to get you to come back to Him or to come to Him for the first time.

Accept the forgiveness Jesus offers and start serving and loving God again. He will love and restore you. He wants that relationship with you.

Are you loving God?

Or are you running in fear from Him?

I pray today that you will give your life to God; that you will return to God with all of your heart; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus gives; and that God will restore you to what He wants you to be.

 

Deuteronomy 25:13 Don’t Use Different Weights

Do not have two differing weights in your bag–one heavy, one light. Deuteronomy 25:13

During the times of the Israelites in the Old Testament, a lot of the purchasing of items was done with measuring the weight of different items. They would measure the weight of gold or silver to pay for a product. There were some people who carried two different weights with them. One was heavier than the other. This was done to cheat a person and get a lower price when buying something, or to get a higher price when selling something. Moses tells them not to do this because it is dishonest.

In modern times, most people do not measure the money by weight. Many items are sold by weight, but not purchased by weight.

However, the honesty still needs to be the same in all areas of life. Today, people will have different attitudes towards different people. They will treat different people very differently.

Others will work differently when the boss is around than when he is gone. Or they will take little things that are the companies items for their own personal use.

Many believers also have differing characteristics when in church or around other believers versus at home and around non-believers.

All of these actions are found in how much integrity a person has. How honest is the person in public and in private?

Integrity is doing the correct thing at all times, regardless who it involves, is around or the consequences of doing the correct thing. Having differing weights in your bag would be a break down in your integrity. It would not be doing things honestly.

How is your bag filled today when you go out into life?

Is your heart filled with the love and integrity that Jesus had?

Or is it filled with a mixed style of weights, changing to meet your own needs and desires at each moment and situation?

I pray today that you heart will be filled with the integrity of Jesus; that you will treat all people as Jesus would treat them; that you will be filled with the honesty of God; and that you will be the same for God, no matter who you are around or where you go.

 

Deuteronomy 24:14 Don’t Take Advantage Of Others

Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns. Deuteronomy 24:14

Moses gives a rule about not taking advantage of a hired worker that is poor and needy. It did not matter who the person is or why they are poor, no one was to treat them any differently than the other workers that were hired.

Workplaces have been known to treat foreigners very poorly on the job. They are often given very low pay and extremely difficult work. During the 1930’s and 40’s in America, there were the sweat shops. Poor children and women could work there to make a little pay. Often the work was under dangerous conditions and the pay was extremely low.

Later, workplaces did the same things to black people. Today, it is still seen with immigrants from Mexico. There are businesses today that will pay the lowest wage possible, with no benefits, and even less the full-time work, in order to save money and get the job done. This is done to every person, regardless of their background.

The people are poor and are willing to do anything to make at least some money for a little food. The managers of the workplace give them the very lowest amount possible while giving them the hardest job possible.

As a believer, you should be focused on giving anyone who works for you the best possible. This does not end just in the workplace, but also at your house. When someone comes by to help fix something, provide generously for them.

Every person was a foreigner at one time. You had to start out at the bottom and work your way up in this life. Treat others as you would want to be treated.

God also loves a cheerful giver. Are you giving the wages to the worker that is due to that person cheerfully?

Pour out blessings on others so that God can pour out many blessings on you.

Ask yourself today if you are taking advantage of another person or not. Seek God on how to treat that person better.

I pray today that God will give you His love for others; that you will treat others as Jesus treated you; that you will not take advantage of others; and that you will bless others as God has blessed you.

Deuteronomy 23:23 Fulfill Your Promises

Whatever your lips utter you must be sure to do, because you made your vow freely to the LORD your God with your own mouth. Deuteronomy 23:23

Moses brings up a good point about vows or promises. He tells the people that no matter what they promised God, they must do it. They were not forced to make the promise, so there is no one else to blame for the promise.

Promises to God are easily made. This can be very true when a person is going through an extremely difficult time. Many people have been known during an accident or a major sickness to say to God, “if you get me out of this situation I will serve you…(fill in the blank)”. The end of that statement is often serving in full-time ministry, going to church, being a missionary, giving more money to the church, or some other sacrificial serving of God.

The sad part is that God, often, brings the person through the situation and the person forgets about the promise. They try to say that they made it while stressed and wasn’t thinking correctly. They excuse it away.

God does not allow it to be excused away. If you make a vow to God, it is you who made it, not someone else. No one forced you to make the promise, so you cannot blame someone else for it. God did not even force you to make that promise.

Since you made it, you must fulfill it.

Jesus had said to be careful, because ever idle word will be taken into account. Quick promises to God are examples of idle words. God does not take any of your words lightly or try to excuse them away.

If you make a promise and do not fulfill it, you are guilty of a sin. It is better to not make a promise, then to make one and not do it. This is true with promises to God as well as with promises to people.

What promises have you made to God?

Have you strived to fulfill them?

Or did you ignore your promises?

I pray today that God guide you in your words; that you will not make any quick promises; that God will strengthen you to fulfill every promise you made; and that you will watch the words you speak both to people and to God.

Deuteronomy 17:1 Don’t Sacrifice Your Least

Do not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep that has any defect or flaw in it, for that would be detestable to him. Deuteronomy 17:1

After laying down the regulations on the many different types of sacrifices that were to be done, Moses points out to not give an animal with any defect in it. Animals with a defect in them were detestable to God and He did not want them. It would render the sacrifice worthless.

People know that they should give offerings to God and many try to give some type of offering. The way many give, however, is not in a good way. They give out of obligation or guilt rather than love for God. This can be seen in what they give and how they give it.

Today, believers do not have to give sacrifices to God of animals. The sacrifices today are of time, money and other things. Money is only given after all the bills and fun expenses are paid for. It is the bottom of the barrel or left over money that is given as a sacrifice.

Others will give things to those in need, but the objects given are the leftovers or the things no longer wanted and are worn out.

In other words, the things given are defective. These are the things not wanted or given out of guilt, rather than love.

God wants you to give from a loving, caring heart. This giving of a sacrifice to either Himself or to someone else must be done with the best, not the least. Remember that a sacrifice is something that is given up that will cost you something. It is something given that is not easy to give.

Once given, you must trust God to meet your needs, because you have given up something that is needed for yourself also. Just as the Israelites could have used the animal given, you can use what is given.

How are you giving to God today?

Are you sacrificing your best?

Or are you getting rid of what you no longer want?

I pray today that you will give only your best to God; that you will trust God to meet your needs; that you will sacrifice out of love for God and others; that your sacrifices will be acceptable to God; and that God will touch many through your giving.

Deuteronomy 16:17 Give As God Has Blessed You

Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you. Deuteronomy 16:17

God had set up several festivals to be celebrated each year. These were times to celebrate things God has done in the lives of the Israelites. As a person was to come to each of these festivals, he was not to come without a gift to be presented to God. This gift was to be in proportion to the way God had blessed that person in that year. The greater the blessing, the larger the gift.

Although many churches no longer celebrate many of the festivals that God had set up in the Old Testament, they do often celebrate others times throughout the year. The most common are Christmas, Easter, and Day of Pentecost. Others may choose to celebrate specific events in that churches history, such as honoring the pastor each year.

Regardless of what is being celebrated, the one thing that God wants is that each person bring a gift according to how He has blessed that person.

Giving of gifts in a church is often done from the excess the person has. It is not usually done in correct proportion to how God has blessed him. Very few people actually do the minimum of tithing correctly. Most ministers say that they would be thrilled if just ten percent of the church would tithe. This has nothing to do with gifts above tithe.

When you bring gifts that are in proportion to how God has blessed you, God is pleased. It shows that you recognize His blessings in your life. It shows that you trust Him to meet all of your needs. It also shows that you realize that the blessings God has given you are not for you alone, but to be shared.

When you give gifts to the church, how are you giving?

Are you giving as little as possible?

Or are you being generous, as God is generous with you?

Celebrate what God has done in your life with others.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to the blessings He has given you; that you will be willing to share what God has blessed you with; that God will continue to meet all of your needs; and that you will bless the church in proportion to how God has blessed you.