Focus Verse: For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. (4)
How can we be fearless in the face of difficult circumstances and terrifying enemies? No matter what happens, we can live without fear because God goes before us. David was certain he could defeat Goliath because his confidence was not in himself, but in God. Wherever we go and whoever we face, God is with us.
But those who trust in the Lord… (Isaiah 40:31)
Focus Verse: He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold. (17)
Many years before they did so, God predicted that the Israelites would reject Him as their King and ask for a human one. When Solomon became king, he did exactly what God commanded kings not to do. He had many wives who led his heart away from following God. When we do not listen to God, we will be easily led astray by others.
Focus Verse: Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. (22)
The rules of tithing are still in place today. God wants us to give a tenth of all that we make back to Him.
Focus Verse: See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse— (26)
A blessing and a curse is before us today too. If we choose to follow the straight and narrow path, God will bless us. If we disobey and choose to walk the broad and wide path, we will be cursed. Doing right isn’t always easy, but it is always worth it.
A few days ago we took a look at Job’s wife. Now we can look at Job’s second set of daughters. Besides the fact that they died, we don’t know much about the first three daughters of Job. We don’t even know their names. But chapter 42:12-16 tells us that after his misery was over, God blessed Job with three more daughters and “in all the land were found no women so beautiful” as them.
Focus Verse: He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. (3)
God tests us to see if we trust Him. He disciplines us because He loves us. He humbles us so we can depend completely on Him. He wants us to rely on Him to meet all of our needs because we do not truly live by material things alone, but by God’s Word.
Perhaps it is no wonder that the women were first at the Cradle and last at the Cross. They had never known a man like this Man—there had never been such another. A prophet and teacher who never nagged at them, who never flattered or coaxed or patronized; who never made arch jokes about them, never treated them either as ‘The women, God help us!’ or ‘The ladies, God bless them!’; who rebuked without querulousness and praised without condescension; who took their questions and arguments seriously, who never mapped out their sphere for them, never urged them to be feminine or jeered at them for being female; who had no ax to grind and no uneasy male dignity to defend; who took them as he found them and was completely unselfconscious.
– C. S. Lewis
Focus Verse: Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. (33)
We may not understand why God has commanded us not to do certain things. We may not like all His rules and laws. But this is not our world. It is His. He created us, and He knows what is best for us. If we want to be blessed, we should walk in complete obedience to God. Our disobedience will only bring punishment instead of prosperity.