Learn to Live

In this way you will learn to live in deep reverence before God, your God, as long as you live.
Deuteronomy 14:23b, MSG*

The Book of Deuteronomy contains Moses’ parting instructions to the people of Israel: how to live clean lives and worship God.

The laws, the schedule of sacrifices… some of the details don’t make a lot of sense to me, some (sea scallops are not kosher food) make me glad I’m a Gentile.

But here’s the point: Moses says this is how they’ll learn to live in deep reverence before God.

Isn’t that what we, as Christians, want?

Rigidity and legalism are not healthy.

Deep reverence for God is.

What I take from these chapters is the importance of intentional living. Within the flexibility of being led by God’s agenda and not my own, I need to practice certain habits:

  • daily time with God in prayer
  • reading His Word – the manual
  • asking His leading and guidance in the day
  • relying on His grace and presence
  • living with Him in the moment instead of racing ahead

Mighty and majestic God, You are worthy of our worship, honour and adoration. You could demand those things, but instead You invite them. Help us draw near to You. Open our eyes and hearts to be intentional in living with you—living for You. Then we will truly learn how to live.

May we take the Sidewalk Prophets‘ lead and “Live Like That.”

* The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

4 thoughts on “Learn to Live

  1. Ruth Ann Adams

    This was extremely helpful to me, Janet. I have written down the things we need to do daily in my prayer journal. Thank you. It was just what I needed. I love your devotional writing style. Thanks again and blessings!

  2. Mary Waind

    “to be intentional in living with you” What a blessing that we can make this choice and know that we are welcomed into this close, loving relationship.


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