Today’s reading is a phenomenal chapter outlining characteristics of God. Let’s start with prayer:
Father God above, you alone are worthy of all praise. You know all things. You have provided everything we need to live a godly life until Christ returns. Reveal your truths today through your Word by your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name Amen.
Start by Reading
Read Deuteronomy 29. Read it slowly. Now read it again one more time. Take time to reflect on it. Look for the facts first. Move to the meaning of the words next. Look for the timeless principle God is showing you.
Deuteronomy 29 is about the Lord speaking to the children of Israel through Moses. He is reminding them of all God has done in their presence. He is encouraging them to remain in covenant with the faithful God Almighty.
This chapter outlines some of God’s characteristics.
Let’s take a look at God’s:
- power is on display in verses 2 – 3.
- compassion is evident in verses 4-8.
- kindness is extended in verse 9.
- authority and our accountability are shown in verses 10-11.
- faithfulness and reliability are depicted in verses 12-13.
- fairness to all is discussed in verses 14-15.
- mercifulness is outlined in verses 16-19.
- jealousy is graphically displayed in verses 20-22.
- wrath is explained in verses 24-28.
- revelation is spoken of in verse 29.
God, who is all-powerful, compassionate, kind, faithful, fair, merciful, jealous and has all authority is angry with those who do not come to Him. God has blessings upon blessings for those who will receive Him. God’s plans are not to harm but to prosper us. In verse 9 He says “keep the words of this covenant that you may prosper.”
All to Prosper
God wants all to prosper under His blessings, but it is conditional. If we choose to enter the covenant we must acknowledge He is God, deny our self and idols, and turn to Him. If we don’t turn, we choose to deceive our self, live in denial and we reap curses instead of blessings. God doesn’t want us saying “‘I shall have peace, even though I follow the dictates of my heart’—as though the drunkard could be included with the sober.” (verse 19) If we are to experience peace, it will be when we yield to God’s way of living, depending on Him to provide as a result of our obedience.
Speaking about depending on Him, it is God who makes and keeps the covenant with us. He is faithful even when we are not. For Romans 5:8 says “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” He was willing to make a way for us, even while we were His enemies. We shunned Him. We exalted our self as god. We lived how we wanted to, yet God came in the flesh to die for our crimes against Him. God’s covenant is for everyone who is willing to enter it.
It is my sincerest desire you take time with God and His word. Prayerfully read it daily. Let it change the way you think. May you regard God’s Word as the oxygen you breathe, for in it contains the truth about life and death. May you, as Moses said in Deuteronomy 30:19: “Choose life.”
Lord God, thank you for your life-giving words. Thank you for your Spirit helping us discern your truth. Teach us your way of life. Enable us to receive your blessings through obedience to you. We come, just as we are, to you this day. In Jesus’ name we pray Amen.