January 3rd, 2013
I’m back in Deuteronomy 11 this morning. It is Thursday and my first fast of the year. And the Lord is speaking again!
It starts by saying, “Love the LORD and keep His commands. Remember that it was you who saw and experienced the discipline of the Lord, His majesty, His mighty hand, His outstretched arm; the signs He performed and the things He did in the heart of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 11:1-3)
When I think of the heart of Egypt, I think of the center of the world I was living in and how He reached out His arm and lifted me right out of it. That was a miracle in itself that He would deliver me from all my addictions.
Verse 7 says, “But it was your own eyes that saw all these great things the LORD has done. Observe therefore all the commands I am giving you today so that you may have the strength to go in and take over the land…and so that you may live long in the land…”
I think about when we are disobedient and not observing His commands, we don’t have the strength that we have when walking full force with the Lord. And we need the strength of the Lord to take possession of the land.
Verse 10 says, “The land you are entering is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your own seed and irrigated it by foot.”
In Egypt everything was done from the flesh. I made my own money. I made my own plans. I didn’t need anyone’s help. My own works. My own efforts. “But the land you are to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from Heaven. It is a land the Lord your God cares for.” (Deuteronomy 11:11-12)
The Lord cares for it, YES! He will sustain me. He will “send rain on my land in due season.” (Verse 14).
No more works of the flesh. No more making my own plans. This year will be a year of trusting the Lord that His plans are best. And of trusting the Lord to provide and to lead me into my promised land.