Good Monday Morning!
I trust you had a splendid weekend! Mine was awesome because I basically spent it sleeping. I will not have that luxury during the week, so let’s just say I made good use of my weekend. 😉
As the title indicates, our word for this week is discipline. I was reading my Bible early yesterday morning and I gained wisdom from a certain chapter in Deuteronomy. I normally tell people to hold on when things seem hard because it means God is pruning them for their great future; but I never really had a verse to back up the encouragement. Well, now I do.
I use NIV (New Living Translation) and my Bible has titles for different chapters. The title for Deuteronomy 8 is “DO NOT FORGET THE LORD.” However, because I wanted to understand it even better, I googled the message translation.
Deuteronomy 8: 2-5 (Message Bible)
“Remember every road that God led you on for those forty years in the wilderness, pushing you to your limits, testing you so that he would know what you were made of, whether you would keep his commandments or not. He made you go hungry. Then he fed you with manna, something neither you nor your parents knew anything about, so you would learn that men and women don’t live by bread only; we live by every word that comes from God’s mouth. Your clothes didn’t wear out and your feet didn’t blister those forty years. You learned deep in your heart that God DISCIPLINES you in the same ways a father DISCIPLINES his child.”
God disciplines us out of love. He wants our foundation to be strong and unshakable!
I tell you, these verses are awesome (just as the whole Bible is). My friend Frances of imperfectlyperfectlives.com always says “I benefit first from all my posts” and this statement has been so true for me as well! I was crying some weeks back, because it just felt like there was no rest! It was from one trouble to the other, one expense to the other, and one hurt to the other. While praying, I told God that the burden was feeling too much and that my friends in the world even seemed to have it easier than I did. He answered and said-“My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” I didn’t even know where that verse was in the Bible, so I had to find it out and it gave me encouragement.
I wish I could write out the whole chapter 8 of Deuteronomy but let me add verses 11-16. I encourage you to read it. Please don’t skip this! It will help.
“Make sure you don’t forget God, your God, by keeping his commandments, his rules and regulations that I command you today. Make sure that when you eat and are satisfied, build pleasant houses and settle in, see your herds and flocks flourish and more and more money come in, watch your standard of living going up and up- make sure you don’t become so full of yourself and your things that you forget God, your God.”
Let me take a moment to breathe here! Wow!
Let’s be honest, how many of us will remember God if we instantly get to the verses 11-16 of our lives? I know for sure that I would not! And that’s why the verses 2-5 have to manifest first. God wants us to be deeply rooted in Him, so that when we get to a place of abundance; we would not forget Him.
So if you’re thinking that it’s too much for you and that life in the world seems easier, think again! God is pruning, disciplining and teaching us now, so that when we get to Canaan(the comfortable place that we didn’t work for) we would not forget the one who brought us out of Egypt(the place of pain, lack, and constant confusion).
Encourage yourself in the Lord and remember that the devil does not fight his own. Hold on to God in this period and He will remain your God even when you get to Canaan.
Please, take a moment and pray for my beloved country Nigeria as we enter into election’s week. That God’s will be done, and violence and death will not be our portion. As a Nigerian, your vote is important; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
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Much Love, B (as people now call me :D).