It feels appropriate today, in the light of the passage below, to reflect again on my purpose with these Daily Devotionals. In order to know…”decrees and regulations as righteous and fair as this body of instructions”…(Deuteronomy 4:8), you need to read or hear what they are. Therefore if you want to know God’s instructions you need to know what is written in the Bible. Many people have heard about the bible and the wisdom it contains. But not so many, I find, read it regularly. To read the bible through is a real achievement, there is no denying that, but it’s big. It’s a whole shelf of books really. Poetry, History, Law, Politics, Philosophy, all sorts. That’s why regular, short and targeted reading can make a real difference to your faith. There is so much in the bible, that you could read it from cover to cover ten times, and still find things you are sure you’ve never heard before! And then there are the famous bits that you really think you know, but the more of the bible you learn about, the more it all inter-connects. Then even the famous bits take on new depths of meaning and resonance.
Deuteronomy 4:1-8 NLT
“And now, Israel, listen carefully to these decrees and regulations that I am about to teach you. Obey them so that you may live, so you may enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. Do not add to or subtract from these commands I am giving you. Just obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you. “You saw for yourself what the Lord did to you at Baal-peor. There the Lord your God destroyed everyone who had worshiped Baal, the god of Peor. But all of you who were faithful to the Lord your God are still alive today—every one of you. “Look, I now teach you these decrees and regulations just as the Lord my God commanded me, so that you may obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy. Obey them completely, and you will display your wisdom and intelligence among the surrounding nations. When they hear all these decrees, they will exclaim, ‘How wise and prudent are the people of this great nation!’ For what great nation has a god as near to them as the Lord our God is near to us whenever we call on him? And what great nation has decrees and regulations as righteous and fair as this body of instructions that I am giving you today?
If you have never felt able to really get to grips with the Bible by yourself, then try reading these TWG Daily Devotionals everyday for one week. Just seven days. It doesn’t matter what time you read it in the day, just try it. If you manage the whole week, maybe try it again the next week…. Just make up your mind to do one week and then see what happens.
Deuteronomy 4:1-49, Luke 6:39-1:10, Psalms 68:1-18, Proverbs 11:28