Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Deuteronomy 8:6-7 “Therefore keep the commandments of the Lord your God, by walking in his ways and by fearing him.  For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills,”

These verses are a part of the message to the Israelites just before they go into the Promised Land.  They had been released from slavery in Egypt and wandered in the desert for a lifetime.  In the desert, even with water and manna provided from heaven they did not remain faithful.  God’s chosen people built an idol from gold to worship.  They groaned and grumbled.  The desert would test anyone and it surely tested them.  As they finally came to the end of the arduous journey they are reminded to follow the laws given to them.  Fear the Lord and follow his commandments, He will bring you goodness and abundance, blessings beyond words.  When I read the Ten Commandments, the laws of God, I am aware that if we live in His love we keep all of those laws.   Jesus called us to love one another as God loves us.  If we live in this truth, we cannot break the commandments.  When we walk in love and grace, remembering our Lord and God, we walk into a good land.  It is a land with flowing streams, springs and underground water.  It is a land of refreshment and renewal, a land of sustenance.   Our Lord provides for our every need, we are blesses, indeed!

Thank you for your blessings poured on us so freely.  As we are renewed with your redeeming love, hear our praise and thanksgiving.  Living in your love is living in the Promised Land.  Thank you for leading us here.  Help us remain.  Amen.