Could it be that God is at work all around us in incredible ways, yet we’re no longer excited about what He is doing? No longer seeking Him? Have we become “ho-hum” about God and His Word? What could our attitude be costing us?
Deuteronomy 29 & 30
Bored with the Things of God?
Deuteronomy 29 & 30:
When We Fail to Seek Understanding
In chapter 29.2-9 Moses was recounting what God did for them those 40 years in the desert:
“You have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land—the great trials which your eyes have seen, the signs, and those great wonders. Yet the LORD has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day.”
In his Daily Bible, John MacArthur says, “The Lord had not given them an understanding heart, simply because the people had not penitently sought it.”
Perhaps, they took God’s work in their lives for granted. Perhaps, they found trying to understand and know Him too difficult or too much trouble. Perhaps they were bored with the things of God and found life in the pagan nations around them more exciting.
What have you not “seen” because you have not sought it? God desires to show us more and more, to take us deeper and deeper into His truth, for us to know Him better and better, but we must want it, seek it, and ask Him for it. Do you study God’s Word with that attitude?
In Matthew 7.7-8 Jesus says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
But on the other hand verse 29.29 reminds us that there are things God has not yet revealed to us and, while we can pray for answers and understanding, we’re not to seek to know things apart from the Him. You can read my post from a few days ago about fortune telling and witchcraft.
Today’s Other Readings:
His Abundant Blessings
Verse 5, “Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; and Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.”
Even when we go through great difficulties, they are mixed with God’s blessings.
Pride & Strife or Advice & Wisdom
Verse 10, “By pride comes nothing but strife, but with the well-advised is wisdom.”
Oh, the blessings of wisdom, help, encouragement, peace, and unity we lose out on because of our pride. Pride basically says, “I don’t need to seek God about this, I can figure it out on my own,” or “I know what the Bible says, but my way is better.”
I love the story of the centurion and his servant in verses 2-10. The centurion’s servant is sick and his friends have asked Jesus to come and pray for him:
6 Now Jesus started on His way with them; and when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself further, for I am not worthy for You to come under my roof; 7 for this reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I also am a man placed under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” 9 Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled at him, and turned and said to the crowd that was following Him, “I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith.” 10 When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.
He understood authority. Jesus equated his respect for and understanding of authority with “great faith.”
When we respect and submit to the authority God has placed us under, we, too, are demonstrating our faith and trust in Him. And conversely when we don’t, we’re demonstrating a lack of faith and trust. We’re making ourselves the determinant of what is good. This is true in the home and at school, in the workplace, in the church, and in civil society.
Proverbs 14.12 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
Understanding authority from a Biblical perspective, is important to our relationships with God and others. May God give us understanding hearts and a willingness to obey and trust Him no matter what.
What are your thoughts?
Are you asking, seeking and knocking?
What have you not “seen” because you have not sought understanding?
Do you believe, like the psalmist, that His wonderful works and His thoughts toward you are so wonderful and so abundant that they cannot be recounted or numbered? Or do you focus on what you believe He hasn’t done?
What is the level of your faith as demonstrated by your respect for authority?
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