Let your salvation, O God, protect me.
I will praise your name;
I will magnify you with thanksgiving.
(taken from Psalm 69:29a-30)
Moses reminded them that they weren't getting this land on the basis of how righteously they had behaved. After all, they had been rebellious throughout the journey. While Moses was on the mountain receiving the ten commandments, the people had made an image of a calf, a worship substitute. Moses had interceded for them.
The Lord had listened to Moses and allowed the people to continue on toward their new home.
Now that you've been forgiven yet again, remember this time and every time in the future, "So now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? Only to love your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord your God and his decrees that I am commanding you today, for your own well-being."
Moses then listed some specific actions that they were to take, including caring for people who didn't have resources to provide for themselves and loving immigrants.
How high on our priority list are those actions?
Ask yourself what kind of soil preparation you do so that the seeds will grow abundantly. Then, ask what you are doing with the crop.
Prayer for Today: O Lord, remind us as many times as necessary of your commands to us are intended to be helpful to our lives. As we journey, open us to the needs of others around us. Remind us that we are your trustees. Amen.