The Israelites are about to cross over into the Promise land.
And this is what the Lord has to say to them:
"It shall come about, if you listen obediently to my commandments which I am commanding you today, to love the LORD your God and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul,
that He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil.
"He will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.
Then He warns them:
"Beware that your hearts are not deceived, and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them.
"Or the anger of the LORD will be kindled against you, and He will shut up the heavens so that there will be no rain and the ground will not yield its fruit; and you will perish quickly from the good land which the LORD is giving you. Deut. 11:12-17
Not only that, but HE really wants them to pay attention to these words:
"You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.
"You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.
"You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,
so that your days and the days of your sons may be multiplied on the land which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens remain above the earth. Deut.11: 18-21
Pay attention to those words, and remember them. And be sure you teach them to your children. Not just on Sundays, but as you go through your day.
You do not want to ever forget these words.
If you remember these words, and keep His commands, He promises this....
"For if you are careful to keep all this commandment which I am commanding you to do, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and hold fast to Him,
then the LORD will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than you.
"Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours; your border will be from the wilderness to Lebanon, and from the river, the river Euphrates, as far as the western sea.
"No man will be able to stand before you; the LORD your God will lay the dread of you and the fear of you on all the land on which you set foot, as He has spoken to you. Deut.11: 22-25
All of this reminds me of Psalm 23.
We had some news this week that was hard to swallow.
Our life as we know it could possibly be turned upside down.
I do not know what God has planned for our life, for our family, and I could easily loose my mind if I spend too much time thinking about it. But I think I will throw myself unto the promises here...and trust that the Lord will provide for everything we need, that He will go before us, and protect us from those who may try to tear us apart.
What have you been learning this week?