Good morning, Father.
Thank you for being near me, directing me, showing me that I am not to add things to myself, but allow you to do so. If I pick something up and expect myself to carry it, I may fall or just not be able to carry the things YOU want me to. So please make me wise enough to see YOUR things, Lord — and humble enough to lay down the things I choose myself. I know it is okay to pick up and put back down a dozen different things — for leisure, entertainment, “down” time. Yet it is only those things you put upon me that I need to be loyal to, working on every day, carrying consistently. Thank you for helping me see, and move forward, and heal.
Deuteronomy 28:9-14 ERV
The LORD will make you his own special people, as he promised. The Lord will do this if you follow the LORD your God and obey his commands.
Then all the people in that land will see that you are called to be the LORD’S people, and they will be afraid of you.
“And the LORD will give you many good things. He will give you many children. He will give your cows many calves. He will give you a good harvest in the land that the LORD promised your ancestors to give you.
The LORD will open his storehouse where he keeps his rich blessings. He will send rain at the right time for your land. He will bless everything you do. You will have money to lend to many nations. And you will not need to borrow anything from them.
The LORD will make you be like the head, not the tail. You will be on top, not on the bottom. This will happen if you listen to the commands of the LORD your God that I tell you today. You must carefully obey these commands.
You must not turn away from any of the teachings that I give you today. You must not turn away to the right or to the left. You must not follow other gods to serve them.
Something I find interesting is how some people think that the promises of the Old Testament do not apply to us, who are God’s people by choice rather than by blood — entering in by the blood of the Lamb rather than by inheritance of ethnicity. The thing is, these old promises show us God’s heart towards His people, what He truly desires to give to His people who faithfully love and obey Him. In the same way, it is our heart towards Him that makes us grow and belong to Him, beyond just the promise of being “saved”. It is our heart He truly desires, not merely our words. Just like He offers us His heart, not just His words. 🙂
Lord, I thank you for making me a head, and not a tail… for putting me on top, not the bottom. I thank you for accepting me, loving me, guiding me, caring for me. I thank you for choosing me! And this week especially, I thank you for healing me, slowly filling that hole in my heart that death created. Thank you, Father! 😀