Devotional March 27, 2017
DEUTERONOMY 9 & 10 | JOHN 12:27-50 | PSALMS 35
Everything has been going well in my neck of the woods. Our family had a bunch of Dr. Appointments yesterday.
My wife is doing well and Dr. cleared her to go back to work and resume her normal activities.
Baby Saige is 12lbs! Over 2 ½ lbs. in just a 6 weeks. We found out that she is allergic to cow’s milk. This could change as the child grows older, but for now we have to have her on soy and other sources. Aside from that she is doing amazing and hungry!
The twins are doing well. I have enjoyed a lot more time with them since Saige arrived. I have been taking them to school for about a month now and at first it was difficult, I am not getting used to it. It kicks starts my day a lot earlier, but allows me to be more productive with reading and writing. We took my daughter, Aria to her first ballet/dance class. She seemed to have a good time. She did get overwhelmed with nervousness when we when into the room to see her, but when we left her with the other girls, she did awesome and looked comfortable. We signed up my son Micah to soccer starting and he will be starting this Sunday. I am looking forward to seeing how he makes the adjustments as well. This will be a whole new transition for us, but I am looking forward to it. It should be a lot of fun.
I continued on with my Bible reading and at this point in my reading the Israelite's are getting ready to enter the promise land after 40 years.
Before entering Moses points out a few commandments and reminders to the Israelite's. He reminds the Israelite's of God’s faithfulness to them despite their rebellion and complaining not just once, but many times. Moses reminds the Israelite's that where they have gotten to had nothing to do with them. It had everything to do with God’s faithfulness, but also Moses’ intercession for them.
Deuteronomy 9: 4-6 “4 “After the lord your God has done this for you, don’t say in your hearts, ‘The lord has given us this land because we are such good people!’ No, it is because of the wickedness of the other nations that he is pushing them out of your way. 5It is not because you are so good or have such integrity that you are about to occupy their land. The lord your God will drive these nations out ahead of you only because of their wickedness, and to fulfill the oath he swore to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 6You must recognize that the lord your God is not giving you this good land because you are good, for you are not—you are a stubborn people.
Deuteronomy 9: 25-29 25 “That is why I threw myself down before the lord for forty days and nights—for the lord said he would destroy you. 26I prayed to the lord and said, ‘O Sovereign lord, do not destroy them. They are your own people. They are your special possession, whom you redeemed from Egypt by your mighty power and your strong hand. 27Please overlook the stubbornness and the awful sin of these people, and remember instead your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 28If you destroy these people, the Egyptians will say, “The Israelites died because the lord wasn’t able to bring them to the land he had promised to give them.” Or they might say, “He destroyed them because he hated them; he deliberately took them into the wilderness to slaughter them.” 29But they are your people and your special possession, whom you brought out of Egypt by your great strength and powerful arm.’
This might seem off, but hear me out. Two things that I grab from this is, where we are in our lives today is orchestrated by us, but God has his hand on it too. I am not saying that we don’t carry any responsibility for our lives and our actions, but what I am saying is that God is everywhere and God is not surprised in how our lives are headed and God always has his hand in our lives – whether we see it or not.
Second thing is, the importance of interceding for others for our lives. The Bible says that the Lord was so angry with Aaron and the Israelites for making idols and worshiping false God's, that he was going to destroy them, but Moses stepped into the gap for them and prayed.
Deuteronomy 9: 20,21 "The Lord was so angry with Aaron that he wanted to destroy him, too. But I prayed for Aaron, and the Lord spared him. I took your sin-the calf you had made-and I melted it down in the fire and ground into fine dust. The I threw the dust into the stream that flows down the mountain.
We sometimes don’t realized just how important praying for someone is. We recently had an incident with one of our colleagues here at work and when our company found out, the very first words of out most of their mouths were, "Our thoughts and prayers are with him". I rather here that than nothing, but I don't think many of them understood or understand the power of prayer and what it can do to change the course of someone's life.
I remember being at the hospital, standing bedside to my colleague and thinking to myself, "this is the best opportunity to pray for him" and I did. I did not care who was in the room or who was coming in, all I cared about was stepping into the gap for my friend. He needed me and that was the best that I could do for him.
I heard this quote that I have never forgotten. "Prayer should never be the last resort, but our first response."
That could not be more true. For every person, in every season, prayer should always be in the mix.
Understand that God is omnipresent, He is everywhere. He is closer than what you think. Stop and realize that.
Take a step outside of your own world and who in your life needs your prayers? Start devoting time into others. This will change your perspective and allow you to have a heart like Christ.