FOR WEDNESDAY *TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Deuteronomy 26:16-17:7
“Today you have declared that the Lord is your God and that you will follow his directions, obey his laws, commands, and rules, and listen to him. Today the Lord has declared that you are his people, his own special possession, as he told you. But you must be sure to obey his commands.” (Deuteronomy 26:17-18; GOD’S WORD Translation)
The word in today’s passage that speaks to my heart is the word “today”. I know that originally these words were speaking of the day in which Moses shared with his people the covenant they were entering into on that particular day. On that day, they declared the Lord as their God and they promised to follow his directions and listen to him. Likewise on that day, God declared them as his own. Yet, for me at the beginning of this new day, when I read “today” I’m not thinking of what happened long ago with others. I’m thinking of today as this day.
When I was a youth, my church held a revival with this theme “Today is the first day of the rest of your life!” It matters not what has happened in our past, today is a new day to begin again in listening to God of following God’s directions in our life. I can’t gloat on the laurels of any good I did in my past. Nor should I give up because of the times I got it wrong. And tomorrow, well, I can’t do anything about that yet. But today is a wonderful gift God has given for me to decide again to believe, to listen and to follow.
I hope you will join me in this adventure of faith.
PRAYER: Almighty God, may our love for You overflow into joyous service today. Amen.
*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Revised Common Daily Lectionary used in A Disciple’s Journal – 2014 by Steven W. Manskar]