Sunday Devotional: Deuteronomy 6:4-9

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”  (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

In these verses, Moses is sharing with the Israelites before they go into the Promised Land.  He is teaching them and reminding them about all they need to know before they enter into the land that God had promised.  One of the big things that Moses wanted the Israelites to remember was who God is and all that God had done for them.

Moses wanted the people to learn this truth and to pass it on to their children and their grandchildren.  He wanted them to remember and to share.  They were to love God with all their heart soul and strength.  And as they were going into the promised land, to remember that God was with them and that He was the reason they were going there.

This week, let us remember who God is.  Let us love God with all our hearts and souls and strength.  And let us share with others about God.  He loves us so much and has given us so much.  Let us share that with others this week.

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Sunday Devotional: Deuteronomy 11:11-12

“But the land that you are going over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water by the rain from heaven, a land that the Lord your God cares for. The eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.” (Deuteronomy 11:11-12)

As we begin the start of a new year, let us remember that we are not alone as we journey into it.  God is with us and He is to lead us into this new year.

In the verses above, Moses is speaking to the Israelites just before they were to go into the promised land.  He reminds them of several things.  First, they were going into a land that had “hills and valleys”.  Such as in our own lives, there are hills and valleys that we will encounter.  We should expect this and be ready as we journey through.  Second, God is with us.  Moses tells the people that God cares for the land in which they are entering as well as God keeps watch over the land.  God cares for us as well and He keeps watch over us.  He does this “from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.”

So as we enter into this new year, let us trust in the Lord.  Let us be thankful for His provisions.  And let us hold onto Him through the hills and valleys that come in 2016.