Saturday, January 24, 2009

Motivation

Sometimes I have zero motivation to read my Bible. It's such a weird thing, that I know the riches of studying God's Word and I have experienced the fruits of this labor. Yet something in my flesh still desires to push it aside. I'm sure you have been familiar with this, too.

This morning as I was reading Deuteronomy 8 I came across a new motivation to be in God's Word constantly. Deuteronomy is a book of the Law--of God's Law to His chosen people (Israel)--given to them after the exodus from Egypt yet while they wander in the desert waiting to enter the Promised Land.
Chapters 1 and 2 = the setting: why God is choosing to make them wander.
Chapters 3 and 4 = remembering the conquests and obedience: God's faithfulness in their past is reason for them to trust and obey Him for their future
Chapter 5 = 10 Commandments revisited
Chapter 6 = obey: God rewards His people for their obedience
Chapter 7 = warnings and promises: a warning against the temptation of sin and God's promises for Israel's future; God's faithfulness to keeping His word
Chapter 8 = grace: God graciously deals with His chosen people in the midst of their sinful actions and attitudes
"Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statues which I am commanding you today; otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them, and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery" (vv. 11-14).
I had the fleeting thought that it must be possible that we we forget God's commandments and His ordinances and His statues that we begin to forget God himself. Yikes! What an even greater motivation to continually be in His Word and learning His decrees, that I might know Him more and not easily forget who He is in our lives.

2 comments:

Joy Caine said...

thanks for writing this.
i hope u r having a great weekend!

Carly said...

great post

so true - forgetting god's teachings = forgetting god himself

keep it coming
xoxoxoxo

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