God Is Preparing Us For His Great Future.

Deuteronomy 6:1-9

We don’t begin with the call to love God. We begin with His plan to bless us – “the land” (Deuteronomy 6:1,3): “There is a happy land, far, far away, where saints in glory stand, bright, bright as day.”

* “far, far away” – “Your Kingdom come”: What a great future!

* “saints” – That’s what we are: by the grace of God.

* “stand” – Yes! We’ll be standing. We have fallen, but we shall stand!

* “bright” – Darkness will be a thing of the past. In God’s light, there will be no darkness.

Thinking about God’s future changes our present. We see how much he loves us, and we want to love Him more, and more …

We don’t begin with the call to love God. We begin with His plan to bless us – “the land” (Deuteronomy 6:1,3): “There is a happy land, far, far away, where saints in glory stand, bright, bright as day.”

* “far, far away” – “Your Kingdom come”: What a great future!

* “saints” – That’s what we are: by the grace of God.

* “stand” – Yes! We’ll be standing. We have fallen, but we shall stand!

* “bright” – Darkness will be a thing of the past. In God’s light, there will be no darkness.

Thinking about God’s future changes our present. We see how much he loves us, and we want to love Him more, and more …

The spiritual dimension must never be forgotten.

Deuteronomy 18:1-19:21
“The land the Lord you God is giving you” (Deuteronomy 18:9; Deuteronomy 19:1,8,10,14): In all the practical instructions given to the people of Israel, there is always this reminder of the spiritual dimension. They are the people of God. They have been blessed by the Lord. They are to live as people who appreciate God’s blessing. The spiritual dimension must never be forgotten. We are not talking only about social matters. We are talking about the life of God’s people, “the redeemed of the Lord.”

The true God and the false gods

Deuteronomy 20:1-21:23
The conflict between the Israelites and the other nations was really a conflict between the true God and the false gods (Deuteronomy 20:17-18). Everything in life must be seen in connection with our relationship to God: Are we being true to Him? Or, are we being false? We must seek to do what “the Lord considers right”, what is “clean” in His eyes (Deuteronomy 21:9,23).

Spiritual Principles – For Today

Deuteronomy 22:1-23:25
We read the detailed instructions regarding morality. We feel that we are in another world, the world of ancient Israel. Nevertheless, we get hints, here and there, of the timeless, spiritual principles, which are still applicable to us today. Deuteronomy 23:5 – “The Lord your God loves you.” Deuteronomy 23:14 – “”The Lord your God moves around in your camp to protect you and hand your enemies over to you.” God gives us His guidelines for life because He loves us and wants to protect us from everything that would endanger our enjoyment of His blessing.

Obedience, Blessing And Prayer

Deuteronomy 24:1-26:19
Doing “the right thing in the presence of the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 24:13), living “a long time in the land that the Lord your God is giving you” (Deuteronomy 25:15) – the two are vitally connected: obedience and blessing. Together with obedience and blessing, there is prayer. The blessing is not earned by our obedience. It is God at work, answering prayer (Deuteronomy 26:7). Together with the prayer which asks God for blessing, there is to be the prayer which thanks God for His blessing (Deuteronomy 26:8-10). We show our thanksgiving to the Lord by “faithfully obeying His Word with all our heart and with all our soul” (Deuteronomy 26:16). As we keep on obeying the Lord, He will keep on blessing us (Deuteronomy 26:18-19).

Still the same choice today

Deuteronomy 27:1-28:68
Obedience and blessing or disobedience and curse – This was the choice which was set before the people of God. It is still the same choice today. What a difference there is between the two ways – the way of obedience and the way of disobedience, the way of blessing and the way of curse. So much has changed since these words were written – yet the spiritual principles remain the same.

“Love the Lord your God.”

Deuteronomy 29:1-30:20
“Today I offer you life … Choose life” (Deuteronomy 30:15,19). The meaning of these words concerning life is expanded on in Deuteronomy 30:16,20 – “Love the Lord your God.” Loving God – This is what life is all about. This is life as He intended it to be. This is the meaning and purpose of life. This is to be the direction of our life.