Chapter 4 of Deuteronomy is a powerful exhortation by Moses, it is part of his final message before he dies. It contains much that also applies to those trying to remain faithful to Jesus as they journey through today’s wilderness to the promised land of God’s worldwide kingdom, praying with greater and greater urgency, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done.”
As God’s involvement in the affairs of this world unfolds and the final intense dramas of conflict and confusion multiply, convinced Bible believers know the visible involvement of God’s intervention is ever nearer. With these thoughts in mind, let us consider what Moses, in his final message, said to the people about their privileged position.
“What nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?” [v.7] We should apply that to ourselves, gaining strength of mind from the intimacy of the personal relationship with God that Jesus reveals in today’s chapter in John. He told his disciples, “… you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you.” [15 v.3,4] That simple phrase says it all, a most wonderful principle to follow. A heart-felt acceptance of God’s word puts us into a special and wonderful relationship with our Lord Jesus and his and our God, a relationship which can and must grow and grow.
We find the same point in the last message of Moses to the Israelites before his death. Note v. 9 of our Deuteronomy chapter, “ … take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, andlest they depart from your heart …. Make them known to your children and your children’s children.”
The world is continually influencing us to cause God to “depart” from our hearts. We may have an intellectual acknowledgement of him still in our minds; but it maybe we can put God, as it were, into a compartment of our minds and just open the compartment whenever we feel the need to speak and act religious?
Such was the tremendous experience on the impressionable teenagers and children, those that left Egypt, that they, together with the children born during those 40 years in the wilderness, went into the promised land and remained faithful. If we are to do the same, our dedicated daily reading of God’s word is an essential foundation on which to build our heart-felt convictions.
By Bro D.Caudery
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