Monday, February 23

Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today. (Deuteronomy 8:11)

After receiving the Ten Commandments and proclaiming the Shema to Israel (Deut. 6:4-9), Moses urges the people to remember and to obey the LORD. By now, Israel should not have needed reminders. All they had was from GOD's hand – freedom from the bondage of slavery, safety in wandering through the wilderness, and provision through the miracle of daily manna. Despite this, Israel’s response to GOD’s faithfulness is marked by repeated rebellion – constant grumbling, self-reliance, and impatience in the form of a golden calf.

Like Old Testament Israel, we are a stubborn and forgetful people. We easily fall into the traps of relying on our own intellect, goodness, strength, or achievements. We need constant reminders that everything is from the LORD and not from our own doing. Our response to GOD’s faithfulness should be obedience to his commands given with a heart of overwhelming gratitude. The Apostle John writes: “For the love of GOD is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. (1 John 5:3)” May we come to know and live out this truth.

LORD, thank you for providing our daily bread. Give us humble hearts to recognize that all we have is from you. Fix in us the desire to obey your commands in response to your grace in our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Susan Yang - Introvert, Explorer, Peacemaker