These instructions are not empty words—they are your life! (Deuteronomy 32:47)


This is an idea that seems more and more likely the longer I spend studying the Bible. When I was first moved to read the Bible in its entirety, I just wanted to know what was in it. I knew it was full of instructions on how best to go about living in peace and prosperity, but beyond that I had no idea what to expect. I have been surprised and amazed to see the extent to which these instructions, written in scripture, have not been empty words, and how much they have become my life.
Ever since I began reading scripture as a regular part of my day, I have felt that I have been given a great gift. Along with this gift has come a deep desire to live according to the instructions I have been introduced to. I feel that am beginning to know what the master wants and I get the feeling he has entrusted me with much knowledge. Soon, I am sure, He will require much more of me.


Deuteronomy 32:45-47 NLT

When Moses had finished reciting all these words to the people of Israel, he added: “Take to heart all the words of warning I have given you today. Pass them on as a command to your children so they will obey every word of these instructions. These instructions are not empty words—they are your life! By obeying them you will enjoy a long life in the land you will occupy when you cross the Jordan River.”

Luke 12:47, 48 NLT

“And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished. But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.


I can no longer claim to be a servant who does not know what his master requires of him. Neither do I feel like a servant who, knowing what is required of him, simply doesn’t want to deliver. Therefore I can have no goal other than to respond to what I have been given. My goal must be to step out in faith and live the full life of service that my Lord requires of me.

Today’s readings:

Deuteronomy 32:28-52, Luke 12:35-59, Psalms 78:56-64, Proverbs 12:24


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