Old Testament In a Year: March 27 – Deuteronomy 8, 9, 10

Deuteronomy 8, 9, 10
Focus Verse: “Know, therefore, that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stubborn people. – Deuteronomy 9:6

God does not give you good things because of your goodness. He gives them because of His grace.

The best things you have – salvation, peace, joy, eternal life, an inheritance in Heaven, hope and a future – you did not attain on your own. So, do not glory in yourself. Glory in God. Your sufficiency is in Him and you are accepted by Him because of Him, not because of yourself.

God is good to you because He is a good God. He cannot be anything but good. When you are a mess, He does not hold back miracles. When you lack faith, He remains faithful. Know, therefore, that the Lord your God does not give you good things and is not preparing a place for you because of your goodness, but because of His goodness.

Old Testament In a Year: March 26 – Deuteronomy 5, 6, 7

Deuteronomy 5, 6, 7
Focus Verse: You shall not be afraid of them but you shall remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt, – Deuteronomy 7:18

When you doubt that the impossible can come to pass and when you fear that the worse will happen, open your Bible and remember what the Lord has already done.

Remember what He did for Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Remember what He did for Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel. Remember what He did for Moses and Miriam. Remember what He did for the entire nation of Israel.

Remember what He did for David and Solomon, Ruth and Esther, Daniel and Joseph.

Remember. Remember. Remember. The same God they served is the same God you serve. If He did it back then, He can do it again.

Do not be afraid. Only believe. Miracles still happen. Dreams still do come true. God is still at work on behalf of His people, on behalf of you.

Old Testament In a Year: March 25 – Deuteronomy 3, 4

Deuteronomy 3, 4
Focus Verse: For the Lord your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them. – Deuteronomy 4:31

If you seek God with all your heart and search for Him with all your soul, you will find Him. He is not far from you, but is very near. Even during times when you fail to obey His voice, He will not leave you or forsake you or forget you. He will remember the promises that He made to you and He will fulfill them.

Your failures do not affect God’s faithfulness; His grace does not depend on your goodness.

There has never been a god like your God. He remains close to you so that whenever you call on Him, He hears and answers. He walks with you and He talks with you. He calls you by name.

Once you become His, you are His forever. Nothing will ever separate you, not even death. No one can snatch you from out of His hand.

Old Testament In a Year: March 24 – Deuteronomy 1, 2

Deuteronomy 1, 2
Focus Verse: And in the wilderness, where you have seen how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.’ – Deuteronomy 1:31

As a father carries his child, so God carries you. He carries you gently through hardships and storms and dangers, safely bringing you to the place where you need to be. By His grace and goodness, you are provided for every step of your journey.

God carries you by meeting your needs and supplying your wants; defeating your enemies; and keeping you from that which seeks to hurt you. God carries you in His arms, on His shoulders, and on eagle’s wings. He carries you close to His heart.

When you feel like you can’t go on, lift your arms to God and say, Carry me Jesus. Carry me more.

When you have more questions than answers, when you feel weary and weak, when you cannot stand without falling, when you are breaking, God will carry you.

Old Testament In a Year: March 23 – Numbers 34, 35, 36

Numbers 34, 35, 36
Focus Verse: These six cities shall be for refuge for the people of Israel, and for the stranger and for the sojourner among them, that anyone who kills any person without intent may flee there. – Numbers 35:15

As Savior, Jesus the Christ is your city of refuge. He is divinely appointed by God to provide shelter for sinners and is open at all times, to receive all people. As there was always room in the cities of refuge, there is always room in Christ for you.

When Satan taunts you, calls you by your sin, and seeks to send you on a guilt trip, flee to Christ. Instead of facing condemnation, punishment, and wrath for your wrongdoing, you will find redemption, peace, and salvation. Through His death (the death of the High Priest), you are pardoned and forever set free.

The path leading to Christ is never blocked, the gate is never shut, and the door is never locked. It doesn’t matter what you have done, if you go to Christ, He will in no wise cast you out or turn you away.

Come to Me and find refuge, Christ says. Come to Me and find rest. Come to Me and find restoration. Whosoever will may come.

Old Testament In a Year: March 22 – Numbers 31, 32, 33

Numbers 31, 32, 33
Focus Verse: The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, – Numbers 31:1

Throughout the book of Numbers, this phrase is repeated: The Lord spoke to Moses. God did not only speak to Moses as God to man, but as friend to friend. Exodus 33:11 says that He “would speak to Moses personally (face to face), as a man speaks to his friend.” God knew that when He spoke to Moses, Moses would listen. Moses would listen so well that he would be able to repeat what God said to others. Not only would Moses listen to what God said, but he would also do what God said.

There are several ways in which God can speak to you today, but He primarily uses His Holy Word to do so. When He speaks, can He count on you to listen? Or are you too busy to hear Him?

God can speak to anyone, at anytime, in anyplace, with anything. But you must be ready to hear.

Be quiet. Take time to tune in to what God is saying.

Old Testament In a Year: March 21 – Numbers 28, 29, 30

Numbers 28, 29, 30
Focus Verse: If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth. – Numbers 30:2

By vowing a vow, you promise God that you will do something for Him or dedicate something to Him. By swearing a binding oath, you promise yourself that you will abstain from doing something that you would otherwise enjoy. Whether making a promise to God or to yourself or to another person, let your promise be yes just as all of God’s promises to you are Yes (in Christ) and Amen.

Do not break your word. What you promise, perform. What you say, do.

Old Testament In a Year: March 20 – Numbers 26, 27

Numbers 26, 27
Focus Verse: Who shall go out before them and come in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be as sheep that have no shepherd.” – Numbers 27:17

Moses led the people of Israel for a long time, and a part from a few mistakes, he did a faithful job in leading them; however, he could not lead forever. Neither could Joshua, the man who took Moses’ place, lead the people of Israel forever.

Unlike Moses and Joshua, God could always lead His people. He would always be their God.

He will always be your God too – ready to lead you; available to go out before you and come in before you, lead you out and bring you in. You will never be like a sheep without a shepherd. God is your Good Shepherd, your eternal Guide, and your permanent Friend. He cannot die. He will never leave you or forsake you.

Old Testament In a Year: March 19 – Numbers 23, 24, 25

Numbers 23, 24, 25
Focus Verse: God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? – Numbers 23:19

Humans can lie, change their minds, and break their word. But God is not human. He cannot lie. He does not change His mind. He will not break His word.

If you search for God, God promised you will find Him (Deuteronomy 4:29). He is not hiding from you or distant from you. He is very near when you call on Him.

God has promised to help you and keep you (Psalm 121). He has promised that His love for you will endure forever (1 Chronicles 16:34). He has promised that you will be blessed if you follow His Word and delight in it (Psalm 1:1–3).

God has also promised you salvation through belief in His Son (Romans 1:16–17), comfort in hard times (2 Corinthians 1:3–4), peace through prayer (Philippians 4:6–7), rest (Matthew 11:28–30), abundant life (John 10:10), and eternal life (John 10:28). He has promised to finish the good work He started in you (Philippians 1:6), to work everything out for your good (Romans 8:28), and He has promised to come again so that you can be with Him always (John 14:2–3).

All of these promises and many more, God will fulfill. What He said He would do, He will do. His promises cannot be changed by human actions, cannot be hindered by an unforeseen obstacle, cannot be reversed by some “better” promise because nothing is better than what He has already promised.