ESOCS Devotional 13 August 2022
TEXT: DEUTERONOMY 10:11-22
MEMORY VERSE: “And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul.” Deuteronomy 10:12 KJV
0 And the apostles, when they had returned, told Him all that they had done. Then He took them and went aside privately into a deserted place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. 11 But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing. 12 When the day began to wear away, the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding towns and country, and lodge and get provisions; for we are in a deserted lace ”
Looking at the text, you will notice that the Lord gave Moses an instruction to “take a journey before the people.”Remember that they had been on the journey to the Promised Land for a long time. But in order to finally possess the land of promise, a requirement must be met, as seen in the memory verse.
It is important to note that amidst the several promises and provisions God made for the children of Israel, His principle to obtaining them must be observed. The God we serve is not a man who bends easily because of situations; there is no short cut with Him. For any man to fulfil his mandate on earth and possess all that God has given to him, that man must have the fear of God in him, walk in His ways, love and serve God with all his heart and soul, and also keep His commandment (John 14:15).
God takes us to the paths of fulfilling our destiny, as we fear and reference Him. He is more committed to keeping to His own part of the covenant than we are faithful to keeping ours. Apostle Paul said, “Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, neither has it entered the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Cor. 2:9 KJV).When we place God above everything else in life, He delights in us and commits Himself to us (Ps. 40:8; Isa. 62:4b). In verse 14 of the text, the Bible makes it clear that the God of creation has everything at His disposal, and can release it to whom He will.
Therefore, for a man to remain relevant in God’s purpose, that man must not trade his fear and reference for the Lord for anything in this world. That man must be deliberate in following Jesus, diligent in studying His God and develop zero tolerance for sin, irrespective of what may be happening around him (Ps. 119:11 and 16).
Christians should focus on completely obeying God’s command without reservation, unlike what King Saul did (1 Sam. 15:18-23). A man who does not fear God is a rejected vessel, while still doing service unto the Lord.
- Will you be the man through whom God will manifest His glory to the nations?
- O Lord, I need the grace to live for you and do only things that please you.
FURTHER READING: Isaiah 49:1-10; 61:1-11; 1 Cor. 2: 5-16
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ESOCS Devotional 13 August 2022