Lord, Help Me to “Get Up and Resume the Journey” –Deuteronomy 10:11

 

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 10:1-12:32

Heavenly Father, sometimes I want to quit.

S-o-m-e-t-i-m-e-s…

  • My goals seem impossible
  • I doubt my calling
  • I’m just plain tired
  • I don’t feel capable
  • I don’t feel worthy

But,

The words Moses spoke to the Israelites keep ringing in my ears:

Then the Lord said to me, ‘Get up and resume the journey, and lead the people to the land I swore to give to their ancestors, so they may take possession of it.’ —Deuteronomy 10:11

When you spoke those words to Moses, he was at the height of his frustrations with the Israelites.  Aaron had just led them in the design and worship of the golden calf.  Lord, help me to remember that my frustrations, lack of understanding, doubts or fatigue does not change Your plans for my life.

Jesus, give me a renewed enthusiasm to resume the journey. Lord, lead me so I can lead others.  Help me to take possession of the Promised Land of goals and dreams You have for my life.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 13:1-16:17

Lord, Help Me to Never Forget—Deuteronomy 6:12

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 6:1-9:29

Heavenly Father, You know us so well. You know that when things are going well, we tend to put You on the back burner of our lives.  You know that we can easily forget that You provide everything good in our lives. Lord, You warned the Israelites about forgetting in Moses last message to them before they entered the Promised Land.

“The Lord your God will soon bring you into the land he swore to give you when he made a vow to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is a land with large, prosperous cities that you did not build. The houses will be richly stocked with goods you did not produce. You will draw water from cisterns you did not dig, and you will eat from vineyards and olive trees you did not plant. When you have eaten your fill in this land,  be careful not to forget the Lord, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.  Deuteronomy 6:10-12 

Lord, I don’t want to forget all the blessings You send into my life. I don’t want to forget all the times I’ve lived in houses I didn’t build, eaten goods I didn’t produce, drank water from cisterns I didn’t dig and have eaten from vineyards and olives trees I did not plant. Lord, everywhere I look your provision is there!

I will not forget!

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 10:1-12:32

Lord, You Have Only Begun to Show me Your Greatness—Deuteronomy 3:24

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 3:21-5:33

Heavenly Father, I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve heard and sang along with Chris Tomlin’s song, “How Great is Our God.” When I read Your Word I often say, Lord, You are great! I’ve seen Your greatness displayed in my 50-plus years on this earth many times but I’ve certainly never been eye-witness to Your greatness like Moses. Yet, Moses says “You have only just begun!”

 ‘O Sovereign Lord, you have only begun to show your greatness and the strength of your hand to me, your servant. Is there any god in heaven or on earth who can perform such great and mighty deeds as you do?  —Numbers 3:24

Lord, in these difficult days thinking about the future can be scary, but I know the future is filled with You showing Your greatness in ways that are exceedingly, abundantly more than anything Moses could have imagined (Ephesians 3:20). Jesus, help me to live each day with expectancy of Your greatness!

Jesus, there is no god in heaven or on earth who can perform such great and mighty deeds as you do!

I’m amazed by Your greatness!

Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 6:1-9:29

Lord, Help Me to Accept Responsibility for My Mistakes–Deuteronomy 1:37


Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 1:1-3:20

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading Moses was reviewing the Israelites’ journey through the wilderness. I was confused my Moses statement:

And the Lord was also angry with me because of you. He said to me, ‘Moses, not even you will enter the Promised Land!” —Deuteronomy 1:37

It seemed that Moses was blaming Your decision for him to NOT enter the Promised Land on the Israelites. When I read the original journey in Numbers it definitely seemed like Moses fault to me:

So Moses did as he was told. He took the staff from the place where it was kept before the Lord.  Then he and Aaron summoned the people to come and gather at the rock. “Listen, you rebels!” he shouted. “Must we bring you water from this rock?”  Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill.

But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!”  This place was known as the waters of Meribah (which means “arguing”) because there the people of Israel argued with the Lord, and there he demonstrated his holiness among them. –Numbers 20:9-13

Lord, I realize there may be more to this than I understand, but to me it seems like Moses was saying to the Israelites, “It’s your fault I got so mad.”  “It’s your fault I didn’t demonstrate God’s holiness.”

WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR ACTIONS!

Lord, forgive me for the times in my life I’ve blamed other people for my mistakes.  Help me to accept responsibility for my mistakes. Holy Spirit, remind me of the lessons learned from these mistakes.  Use my mistakes for Your Glory!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Devotion: Deuteronomy 3:21-5:33

Lord, Show Me My Boundaries–Numbers 34:1-2


Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 34:1-36:13

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading You defined the physical boundaries of the country of Israel.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Give these instructions to the Israelites: When you come into the land of Canaan, which I am giving you as your special possession, these will be the boundaries.” –Numbers 34:1-2

Father, in today’s world we don’t like boundaries.  We don’t want to be told something is unacceptable in all circumstances.  We think having boundaries make us prisoners.

Jesus, Your Word defines our boundaries.  Every line was drawn with the extreme love that only a parent can feel.  Father, your love abounds in Your boundaries.

Holy Spirit, help us to look for Your boundaries.  Help us to see them as signs of love.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 1:1-3:20

Lord, Help Me to Write Down My Progress–Numbers 33:2

Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 32:1-33:56

Heavenly Father, You have brought me so far as I journeyed to “Know You More.”  Just like the Israelites most of the lessons I’ve learned have been from my mistakes.

Thank you for telling Moses to keep a written record of the Israelites’ progress.  Every time I read about their journey I learn so much.

At the Lord’s direction, Moses kept a written record of their progress.  –Numbers 33:2

Lord, help us to realize the lessons learned from our spiritual journey should be written down.  I know everyone’s not a writer, but everyone can make a list of blessings, prayers answered, and questions for God (which He will answer).

Holy Spirit, I pray that today You will awaken us to the importance of keeping a record of our spiritual journey.  Lord, help the record of our journey to be a road map for future generations.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 34:1-36:13

Lord, Help Me Finish Well–Numbers 31:1-2

 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 30:1-31:54

Heavenly Father, as I read Your instructions to Moses the words, “Finish well” came to mind.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “On behalf of the people of Israel, take revenge on the Midianites for leading them into idolatry. After that, you will die and join your ancestors.” —Numbers 31:1-2

Lord, this was Moses’ last assignment before leaving this earth.

I wonder how he felt?

What was he thinking?

  • I’m tired of this job, why do I have to do this?
  • I’m retiring, what do I care if these people win or lose?
  • These people have been driving me crazy for 40 years I think I’m going to tell everybody what I “really” think of them!

Lord, I’ve seen this scenario played out too many times in the corporate world and the church world–in the last two weeks of a person’s career they ruin their reputation and cause people to say, “Thank God they’re gone!”

Jesus, help us to realize our job is to make our last days our best days.  Paul made it very clear:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing. —2 Timothy 4:7-8

Lord, whether we’re working for  ourselves, a small or large company, or a church or community organization; whether we’re a volunteer or getting a salary, help us to realize finishing well is one of the ways we worship You.  It’s a way to show the world we’re different.

Lord, help us to apply this to our whole life as well. Help us to continue to serve You and cause others to Know You More, all the days of our lives!

Father, I’m sure Moses heard these words from You.  I pray that we will as well.

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. –Matthew 25:21

Holy Spirit, strengthen us at the end of our race.  Give us the determination to finish well for the Glory of God.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 32:1-33:56

Lord, Remind Me that My Gifts Are Your Nourishment–Numbers 28:1-2


Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 27:1-29:40

Heavenly Father, I can’t believe what I read today:

The Lord said to Moses: Give these instructions to the people of Israel: The offerings you present as special gifts are a pleasing aroma to me; they are my food. —Numbers 28:1-2

The “New Living Translation” is the only version of the Bible I’ve found that uses these words: they are my food.  It gives me a glimpse into the importance of our prayers, prayers, offerings, and special gifts and abilities.

Lord, how can mere humans be so important to You?

Food is a word we understand very well.  We can’t live without it.  It gives us life and it gives us pleasure.  Father, are You saying that our offerings of worship gives You pleasure?  Is Your life is better because of our worship?

Lord, I offer myself you to today.  Use me in any way that pleases You.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 30:1-31:54

Lord, Did You Change Your Mind? —Numbers 25:1-3

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 25:1-26:65

Heavenly Father, I know we live in a different time; we no longer living under The Law. Thanks to Jesus, there is grace for our mistakes. But if sexual sin and idolatry made your anger blaze in the days of The Exodus, how do You feel about it now? Lord, did You change Your mind?

While the Israelites were camped at Acacia Grove, some of the men defiled themselves by having sexual relations with local Moabite women.  These women invited them to attend sacrifices to their gods, so the Israelites feasted with them and worshiped the gods of Moab. In this way, Israel joined in the worship of Baal of Peor, causing the Lord’s anger to blaze against his people. —Numbers 25:1-3

Lord, if You held us to the same standards of the Israelites, we’d all be dead! But, just knowing You’re not going to “strike me dead” isn’t enough for me. I don’t want Your anger to rage over my choices. I want to live a life that is pleasing to You.

Father, I think sexual sin and idolatry still make Your angry. You sent Jesus to give us an update on the things that are most important to You when He came to this earth.

“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” —Matthew 22:36-40

Jesus, show us our idols. Show us our sexual sins.

Holy Spirit, show us how to live a life that’s pleasing to our God. Convict us when our lives make You angry.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 27:1-29:40

Lord, I Want to Know You Like Balaam. —Numbers 24:15-16

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 22:1-24:25

Heavenly Father, as I read the story of Balaam I was so impressed with his discipline. He would not answer King Balek or his messengers questions without consulting You first. He wasn’t tempted by gifts or the trapping of the king. Like a little girl in a candy story who just saw her favorite candy, I say “Lord, I want that! I want that kind of relationship with You.”

Lord, I want to know You Like Balaam.

Balaam told Balak, “Don’t you remember what I told your messengers? I said, ‘Even if Balak were to give me his palace filled with silver and gold, I would be powerless to do anything against the will of the Lord.’ I told you that I could say only what the Lord says! —Numbers 24: 12-13

Lord, let me see myself as Balaam did:

Decree of Balaam son of Beor,
decree of the man with 20/20 vision,
Decree of the man who hears godly speech,
who knows what’s going on with the High God,
Who sees what The Strong God reveals,
who bows in worship and sees what’s real.

Numbers 24:15-16 [The Message]

 Lord, in today’s world it is so hard to know what’s real, to know what’s truth. Help me to follow You closely, spend time in Your Word, wait for You to reveal my next steps and worship You in everything I do.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 25:1-26:65

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