Archive for August 12th, 2009

Deuteronomy 15

Deuteronomy 15 gives us a very basic formula for God’s blessing.  “God is going to bless you lavishly….but only…..if you listen obediently….diligently observing every commandment”.  Here is one of those “but only” things again.  God promises to bless us a bunch but there is a catch.  The catch is that we need to listen and obey.  Seems like that is how a lot of things are in scripture.  God will do so much more than we deserve or even expect, but there is a requirement for us to do our part of the deal.  We have to be tuned in and walking with Him in obedience.  Far too many of us want to stop reading God’s promises after the promise part.  We don’t want to hear or even acknowledge the fact that we may have to do something as our part of the deal.  Even when we consider God’s grace, the blood of Jesus shed on the cross, action is required on our part.  For if we don’t actually receive grace, make His sacrifice our own through accepting Him as our Savior, then knowing of God’s grace does nothing for our eternal future.  Almost without exception, every promise or gift has some action required on our part.  We have to DO something.  It isn’t just simply to sit back in the recliner and let God bless us while we sit there and take it all in.  Not how God works.  If we don’t do our part, things stop quickly.

 That is probably no more clearly evident than in the area of giving and finances.  God provides for our needs, not our wants.  And He expects us to give some of what He has entrusted to us back in return.  In this chapter, we also learn that we need to be socially responsible to those in need as well.  Check out what Scripture tells us: “When you happen on someone who’s in trouble or needs help….don’t look the other way pretending you don’t see him. Don’t keep a tight grip on your purse…. Look at him, open your purse, lend whatever…..he needs…. Don’t count the cost…..Give freely and spontaneously. Don’t have a stingy heart. The way you handle matters like this triggers GOD….. blessing in everything you do, all your work and ventures”.   Don’t think for a minute that God is not paying attention to how we live with those around us.  He expects us to open our wallets and give to those in need.  He expects us to get involved and help those who are in trouble.  We aren’t just to go to church and pray for people in dire straits, we are to get involved and help them.  We need to do it freely and spontaneously.  We need to do it generously without regard for the cost.  Do you have a stingy heart?  Are you looking the other way when someone is in need of help?  I know that sometimes the cost is far beyond just money – it takes time and emotional investment to help another.  But God calls us to be involved and to take action.  Are you looking for those opportunities to matter in life?  God expects us to!

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