Moses tells the Israelites in Deuteronomy 29:4, “Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.” The dictionary definition of perceive is “To become aware of directly through any of the senses, especially sight or hearing….”
As the Old Testament hero Moses describes the delights which await the children of Israel in the Promised Land, he says in Deuteronomy chapter 26, verse 11, “And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the LORD thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house….”
Those few words teach me several valuable lessons.
- Recognize every good thing. In other words, count my blessings.
- Realize from whom every good thing comes. It is God who gives me each one of them.
- Rest in His provision. All that comes from His hand is good for me.
- Rejoice; that is the command. Joy in my spirit, reflected on my face, is a way of witnessing to others – including my children – that my God is good. He has given me so much, not only meeting my needs, but providing pleasures just for my enjoyment.
For what “good thing” are you rejoicing today?
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In the second chapter of the Old Testament book of Judges, we find the angel of the Lord rebuking the children of Israel for making leagues with the heathen inhabitants of Canaan. In the third verse, He states that because of their failure to remove these people, He will allow them to “be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.”
In speaking to the children of Israel regarding the chastisement that will come if they fail to keep His commandments, God rebukes them in Deuteronomy 28:47 “because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart….”
In Deuteronomy chapter six, Moses addresses the children of Israel as they prepare to enter the Promised Land. In verses ten and eleven, he shares the blessings that await them: “And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land….to give thee great and goodly cities….and houses full of all good things….when thou shalt have eaten and be full;”
Verse twelve follows with this warning: “Then beware lest thou forget the LORD….”
What a tragedy it would be, amidst all the blessings in my life, to forget to give honor and praise to the One who provides it all. Yet how easy it is to let days slip by without expressing gratitude to God for His goodness.
Just as the Israelites would face many battles before they possessed Canaan, so I may be in the midst of a trial and, despite all I’ve been given, just not “feel” blessed. On those days, may my mind be filled with the truths that God’s grace is sufficient, my eternal future is sure, and His power is limitless.
As I apply this principle in my own life, I am to follow the command of verse seven: “….thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children…” What a joy-filled home can be mine if I will not forget – and teach my daughters not to forget – to acknowledge all of our blessings and the God who has provided them!
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As I navigated the zoo that is Walmart on a Saturday afternoon, I crossed paths with a woman wearing a shirt that said, “I’m not a nag; I’m a motivational speaker.” I had to chuckle as I passed, thinking how nice it would be if nagging could truly be interpreted that way.
However funny the saying may be, it certainly points out a truth that I need to evaluate in my own life. Am I guilty of nagging my husband and my children?
In another lovely reminder of the passing of time, I went to my doctor’s office last week for my annual checkup. As I sat in the waiting room, I scanned a newspaper article about young, successful business men and women. Each was asked to give a piece of advice that he or she had found helpful. The following saying caused me to put down the paper and meditate on it’s words.
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.” Erma Bombeck
How ironic that on that very day I had used another quote from Bombeck in my blog post. As I considered her words, I questioned how I was doing with the talent that God has given me. Am I daily seeking to use it (or them) in the way God would intend?
Each season of life offers a different challenge and, I believe, a unique opportunity to make use of our gifts. Am I to be encouraging someone else through a thoughtful note, serving in a particular ministry at church, doing outreach in the community? Especially as a wife and mother, am I using the abilities I have been given to build a home that would be pleasing to God?
Whatever my talents, I pray that I will use each of them in a way that would be pleasing to God and accomplish the work that He has set for me to do. Today may I unwrap the talent with which I’ve been blessed and use it for His glory.
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