Topic: Live By God’s Word
[DCLM Daily Manna 27 June 2020 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Deuteronomy 11:13-21
13 And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,
14 That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.
15 And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.
16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;
17 And then the LORD’S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.
18 Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.
19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
20 And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:
21 That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.
Key Verse: “Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.” – (Deuteronomy 11:18)
Man has a tendency to forget previous experiences and keep repeating past mistakes. Often, the Israelites forgot God’s blessings upon their lives. They complained incessantly and rebelled frequently.
God knew the state of their hearts and therefore, warned them through Moses that they must not forget where they were coming from, and avoid worship of other gods. Were that to happen, they would attract God’s anger. He would cause severe suffering to come upon them. To avoid this, they must take His word to heart, remember it always and allow it to moderate their lives. The Israelites were required not only to keep God’s word, but teach their children continuously to remember His word and obey it. For effect, they should write the word down where they can read and remember it always. This is the only way the Lord will give them and their children long life, and bless them so much as to give them “the days of heaven upon the earth”.
Believers abide in the Lord by learning, internalising and meditating on the word of God. You will save yourself a lot of heartache, trouble, pain and bitter experiences in life by living according to His precepts. His expectations from you are easy to fulfil. The Lord is not a task master. He is meek and loving in nature.
You must make up your mind that whatever it takes, you will never deviate from what the Lord commands, nor would you neglect to impress on your family the necessity of allowing our lives to be governed by God’s words. Indeed, therein lies our blessings.
Thought For The Day: Only those who live by God’s rule, will receive His largesse.
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