The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden. But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end. So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul — then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.”

  • Deuteronomy 11:10-15

Reading on through Deuteronomy – are you starting to hear Moses’ heart as he speaks? It is very clear that he has grown to love these people with whom he has led the past 40 years. He has contended for them – pleaded with them – bargained for them – and even stood on their behalf before the Almighty to seek their forgiveness. Moses has demonstrated a true love for them… even losing out on seeing the Promise Land himself due to their causing him frustration.

As his time grows shorter, we see Moses getting more and more urgent about the future that lies before these people. Over and over again he implores them to stick with what he has taught them over these past few years. If they will do that then their future lives will be tremendous! But, if they turn and follow the practices of the cultures they are entering, then they will experience the heartache that comes with those choices.

Notice in the above passage, how Moses reminds them of the huge differences between the life in Egypt which they left behind, and the life in Canaan that is placed before them? Among many things, in Egypt their provision came from their own laborious work (which really did very little for them and much for the evil Pharaoh). But, in Canaan their provision will come from the Lord – and HE will ensure that they have all that they need and want. He will water the ground with rain and care for it personally.

As a Pastor, I can relate to Moses here. Most of my time is spent reminding God’s people that they have left Egypt behind. The life being offered to them is not like the life they used to live… but instead God will meet all of their needs. They will enjoy the bountiful fruit of this life PROVIDED they obey Him and His way of living in all situations. By making their choices based on the solid foundation of His Word, they will place themselves under the blessing of the life in Canaan (as opposed to the stark slavery of Egypt and the dry wandering in the desert).

How do you obey Him? Well, thanks to Jesus we now have His Spirit living within us. His Holy Spirit gives us the power to live a godly life (2 Peter 1:3). His Holy Spirit guides us into all Truth (John 16:13) and leads us through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23). Our part is to accept that work – receive His Spirit – and then walk in that power His Spirit places within us.

Accept the work by opening up your heart and giving Jesus permission to take charge (Rev 3:20). Surrender your own will to His and allow Him to fill you and lead you (Rom 12:2).

Receive His Spirit by agreeing with the Word that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 is for you as well. Give up the need to be in control and grant Him complete access to your life. Expect the power of the Holy Spirit and the prayer language of tongues (2 Cor 14:2-4) to flow through you – praying beyond your own ability to express (Rom 8:26-27).

Walk in that power by learning to live a life of faith (Rom 1:17). Trust in Him in all things – spend time daily in His powerful word – and connect with a fellowship of believers who will help you grow in your new life with Jesus (Heb 10:25).

That would make Moses proud. 🙂

 

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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