Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Good Things

“You, the Levite, and the foreign resident among you will rejoice in all the good things the Lord your God has given you and your household.” (Deuteronomy 26:11)

The Lord instructed the Israelites to take some of the soil’s first produce to place where the tabernacle would be when they first entered the land. This would not be from the crops they grew, but from crops produced by others. They were to do this to express their acknowledgement that God had kept His promise to bring them into this land and give it to them. After a confessional statement, they were to then place the container before the Lord and bow down to Him. Then all were to rejoice before the Lord for all the good things He had given them and their household.

On days when there seems to be one discouragement after another, on days when it feels like difficulties outweigh normalcy, on days when it seems that the task ahead is just overwhelming, it would be helpful to take a few moments and reflect back over all “the good things” the Lord has provided, come before Him in prayer, and then rejoice in the goodness of God. Remember that it takes intentionality to do something like this, and rejoicing intentionally makes a statement of faith.

Lord, You indeed provide us with many good things, and for this we are grateful. We acknowledge Your sovereign provision and Your commitment to Your promises. Amen.

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