Thursday, March 21, 2013



Deuteronomy 30:15-20 15 “See, I have set before you this day life and good, death and evil.16 If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God  which I command you this day, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his ordinances, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you are entering to take possession of it.17 But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you this day, that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land which you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live, 20 loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice, and cleaving to him; for that means life to you and length of days, that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

Our life is a journey. We enter this life as a baby and end as an elder adult (assuming the natural course of life.)  This journey can be made with or without God.  

I could actually say it’s made with or without the acknowledgement of God and the choice to walk “with him,” because whether with or without him, he is there. 

Knowing something in advance will help you not to fail or if you do fail, it will help you in knowing the way back to success.  Its one thing to make mistakes but it’s entirely different to fall completely away from God.  The children of Israel continually fell away from God and paid a dear price.  There’s a price to pay to live for God and there’s a different price to pay for living without God.   

The choice to live with God is to pay the price of sacrificing your former life and turning around. 

The children of Israel didn’t just experience lulls in relationship. They actually turned to other Gods.  They paid a dear price as we will if we completely walk away from God or if we walk out of his will.  

Learning from their mistakes and victories is how we can learn to make the right choices.  Making the right choices will keep us in God’s will and keep us alive and vibrant in him.

Deuteronomy 30: 1-5 “Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God drives you, 2 and you return to the Lord your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, 3 that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you. 4 If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you. 5 Then the Lord your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed and you shall possess it.


The bible does tell us that God takes pleasure in the prosperity of his servants.  When Moses was allowed to see God, God told him, he would cause all of his goodness to pass before Moses’ eyes.  

When God revealed himself, he revealed himself as good and merciful, extending that mercy to the generations but by no means clearing the guilty.  

When we become Christians, we know our guilt is cleared only by the blood of Jesus who took our penalty! 

We have to believe that walking with him is far better than walking without!  God is good.  God is merciful. God desires to bless and prosper us and he desires to extend that blessing throughout our generations!  

When we fully realize and comprehend God’s goodness and his love, we can’t help but love him back!  

To know him is to love him and to love him is to walk alongside him, in relationship just as we would a friend, husband or wife.  The bible says he is married to us like a bridegroom is to his bride. That’s the kind of relationship he wants to have with us; one of the choice to love!

Deut 30:5b He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers. And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.

God’s desire is to prosper you. He’s a God of addition and loves to increase and expand. 

God wants to pass his blessing on to future generations but it’s the choice of you in your  generations whether to serve him or not.  The choices of previous generations reflect upon future generations.


Deut 30:9-10  The Lord your God will make you abound in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your land for good. For the Lord will again rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers, 10 if you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

It would be absurd to think anyone on earth could ever serve God without ever sinning again. It would be ludicrous to think we will never make a mistake. 

God doesn’t drive us out of his blessing ever! He calls us to be quick to repent and seek to stay in his will.  He knows we will fail but offers forgiveness to those who confess their flaws.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.


Every generation has the choice to either walk with God or rebel against him. Israel’s time in the wilderness was a time the older generation made the choice to rebel. They had seen more miracles than any generation. The presence of miracles is not a guarantee that you won’t rebel.  

The bible has a lot to say about that “rebellious generation,” and the choice they made. It also has quite a bit to say about the generation that was to inherit the Promised Land and the future choices they would make.  

This generation that was about to go into the Promised Land would be going in with eyes wide open.  They were standing here hearing the voice of God explain why the previous generation had been prevented and they were also being instructed about how to have a successful future. 

In the same way, God’s word is given to us and we can see both generations with eyes wide open. 

We know what caused them to fail and we know what brought blessing.  

Because of God’s Word, we too live with all the information we need for a successful life.  The Psalmist and King, David, speaks of that generation saying,

Psalm 78:8b
A stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not set its heart aright, and whose spirit was not faithful to God.

But they sinned even more against Him By rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness.

“Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness,

Our fathers in Egypt did not understand your wonders; they did not remember the multitude of your mercies, But rebelled by the sea—the Red Sea.

Many times He delivered them; but they rebelled in their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.

David said:
  • Don’t be like them. They were stubborn and rebellious.
  • Don’t be like them. They were not faithful to God.
  • Don’t harden your hearts when you are tried.
  • They did not remember God’s mercies. They rebelled.

Even though future generations had all the information they needed to live a successful life, even among them that were brought into the Promised Land were generations that turned from God.  Before going into future captivity (the very thing the children of Israel had been delivered from,) Isaiah the prophet wrote:

Isaiah 1: 18-21 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; 20 But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword”; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Those same words ring true to us today.  

God has given us his Word as a lamp to our feet. The bible says it is a light to our path. If we walk in that light, we are sure to enjoy the pleasures on that pathway. 

When we go through dark times, that path will lead us through. If we stray, we are sure to encounter all the bible warns us about. The bible says the path of God shines,

“Brighter and brighter,”

So let us stay on that path and allow God’s Word to lead us into brighter days!  

Yes, there will be times we are tried. There will be wilderness times in our life but the Word of God is the path to the Promised Land and the Word of God is the staying power in that land.  

Refusing and rebelling against God leads us into captivity to sin and undesirable lives just as it did in the days of old.

Isaiah gives 2 choices in verses 19 & 20:

  • 1)  If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land;  
  • 2) If you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword”; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Let’s read those two choices with eyes wide open and decide in advance we take door number 1- to be willing and obedient and eat the good of the land God is taking us into! 

Let’s remember to be quick to repent. God knows we will make mistakes. That’s why he sent his son Jesus Christ to shed his blood.  He’s not looking for perfection but for a humble heart that is quick to repent.  Remember:

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

Yes, God has many promises for us and as he leads us on the journey to the Promised Land he gives us all we need to eat the good of the land!