Sunday Soothings

Deuteronomy 10:12-13 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?”

In the simplest of terms, Moses tells the Israelites people what God expects. 

Fear God.

Walk in His ways.

Love Him.

Serve Him.

Keep His commandments and statutes. 

Do all this with all your heart and all your soul.

In turn, God promised them to meet all their needs.

Deuteronomy 10:17-18 For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward: He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.”

For us today, we are given the same promise.

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

The course of events that have taken place over the past month have been almost surreal. Never in our lifetime have our lives been affected on this scale.

In our technological age, we now have instant and immediate information. It is a constant battle to be able to filter who is right, what is happening, where to turn for what is needed. 

Faith must not be forsaken. If we are to remain isolated from one another, let put our faces in THE Book more than Facebook. Let fall to our knees and live more in His presence than telepresence. May we use our phones to call a senior saint, a widow, or widower who may be alone and scared.

Utilize our time to get the word out that there is hope. Our God parted the Red Sea, delivered His people from bondage, gave them manna and water in the desert, and he promised to meet our every need.

But, to give hope, we must have hope.

We cannot let the sense of community be hindered by our inability to interact with one another. Once you do, you will find that the fear we felt was there begins to dissipate. Caring for others, God then cares for us. 

Deuteronomy 10:21 He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.”

Let us take some time to praise God for His love, His faithfulness, His presence, and His salvation. May we, like the Israelites, rehearse all the good things the Lord has done for us. In audibly praying and praising, we are reminding our heart and our soul of all that God has done for us.

In the end, we will feel like the disciples crossing the sea in a storm. Bailing water, rowing while exhausted, and all the while, Jesus was asleep in the back of the ship. When all seemed lost, they woke Jesus. He stood, and with three words, all became calm.

Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”

It is the need of the day for the world to see how God’s people are acting amid this pandemic. May we be the ones calm and at peace because it was our Savior who spoke to our soul and made it so.

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