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.
Focus Verse: These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (6)
The greatest commandment (love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might), and the second greatest commandment (love your neighbor as yourself), should always be on our hearts. God wants us to remember His Word. One way to remember is by keeping it near us, reading it often and meditating on it constantly. As we read yesterday in Deuteronomy 4, forgetfulness of the works, ways, and Word of God leads to disobedience and lack of faith.
Focus Verse: But do not be afraid of them; remember well what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt. (18)
Again, it is important for us to remember all that God has done. When present circumstances seek to overwhelm us, we can find strength and the courage to persevere by remembering past miracles.
The waters of the Red Sea were parted. The walls of Jericho came tumbling down. The sun and moon stood still. The widow’s oil was multiplied. A Shunammite woman’s son was raised. Naaman was cured of his leprosy. Three Hebrew boys survived a fiery furnace. Daniel was thrown in a den of lions and came out alive. God did all these miracles and many more. Do not be afraid. He can work miracles for you too.
Focus Verse: John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (16)
John the Baptist had total respect for Jesus the Christ. He never tried to elevate himself. He always magnified His Savior.