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Pandemic Perspective – Part 38 Fruitful Fear – Part 2

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Deuteronomy 10:12-22

12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul. 13 And you must always obey the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good. 14 “Look, the highest heavens and the earth and everything in it all belong to the Lord your God. 15 Yet the Lord chose your ancestors as the objects of his love. And he chose you, their descendants, above all other nations, as is evident today. 16 Therefore, change your hearts and stop being stubborn. 17 “For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed. 18 He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing. 19 So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. 20 You must fear the Lord your God and worship him and cling to him. Your oaths must be in his name alone. 21 He alone is your God, the only one who is worthy of your praise, the one who has done these mighty miracles that you have seen with your own eyes. 22 When your ancestors went down into Egypt, there were only seventy of them. But now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky!”

How we look at God affects many things including how we will:

  • Live 

Moses calls us to live in a way that pleases God which requires that we have a proper perspective of Him. Moses reminds us of some of the reasons why we should stand in fear and awe before God. In verse 14 he says: “To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.” When we take time to soak in the wonder of His creation, how complex, orderly and magnificent it is, we cannot help but be moved. In Psalm 8:3 David says “when I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,” Moses invites us to marvel at His majesty and see the greatness and grandeur of our God. When I look upon the majestic Rocky Mountains or the grandeur of the Grand canyon, there is an overwhelming, all-encompassing sense of greatness, of seeing or experiencing more than my senses will allow me to take in. So it is as we think and look upon God, we should be overwhelmed by His greatness and goodness. Do you stand in awe of the Almighty? Second when I see the hugeness of the Rockies or the Grand Canyon I am humbled. I have a feeling of smallness because before me is something much greater than me. God’s powerful presence should alter our perspective. Not only do I see self as small, but it also puts my problems into their proper place. When I place my problems into the presence of God, they are no longer monumental, they shrink in the shadow of His strength. In the presence of His power they become puny. We should live in awe because our God is awesome. Deuteronomy 10:17 says: “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome.” A proper perspective of God should lead to a life of praise. We should be characterized by a life of worship not worry. Not only are we called to consider His creation, but we are also called to remember that we are chosen by God. Verse 15 says: “Yet the LORD set his affection on your forefathers and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations, as it is today.” Not only did God created you, but He chose you. Ephesians 1:4-6 tells us that “4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son”Deuteronomy 10:21 tells us, “He alone is your God, the only one who is worthy of your praise, the one who has done these mighty miracles that you have seen with your own eyes.” Today we praise lots of pointless things, but the only one who is really worthy of our praise is God. Are you engaged in pointless praise or pointed praise? We are called to pursue a life that is pleasing to Him, so are you living an obedience life or an obstinate one? 

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