Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 15, 2017
By Tripp Prince
Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him. Deuteronomy 30:19-20
This time of year, many Christian churches around the world take time to reflect upon the significance of the Trinity. For many of us, this doctrine is perplexing, mysterious, and disconnected from our daily walk of faith. However, to speak of the Trinity is to speak of a community of love into which we are invited, and our welcome into this community is at the very heart of what it means to be a Christian! The Lord God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit invites each of us to come and sit at his table, to come and feast and learn how to live in the abundance of his Kingdom.
This invitation into the life of God lies at the heart of the book of Deuteronomy. In Deuteronomy, Israel stands ready to enter into the land promised to them by God. It is a place where they are meant to live out their God-given vocations as men and women made in his image. And yet, though they respond to this invitation initially, God’s people repeatedly turn away and decide they would rather live by their own terms than to live in harmony with God.
Sin is loving anything more than we love God. The constant temptation in Scripture is to love ourselves more than we love God, to love our freedom and autonomy more than we love the rhythms of God’s grace.
In spite of our failures, Deuteronomy reminds us of the inexhaustible depths of God’s love for his people. Even though we are prone to wander, prone to turn away and seek our own harm and destruction, God is unwavering in his invitation for us to return and be restored. His deepest desire is that we would choose life. That we would look at the path he sets before us and say, “even though it may be difficult, painful, and costly, I know this is the only path that leads to life, and so I choose today to hold fast to him and steady myself on the path of faithfulness.”
God’s invitation extends to all people in all times and all places, reaching to the heights of heaven and the deepest sea. As we encounter this invitation to us today, may the love of God turn our hearts away from lesser gods and invite us back to him, teaching us to delight in his will and walk in his ways!
PrayerFather, forgive us for the ways we have failed to love you as we should and have loved instead things that only leave us broken and desolate. May we find our life and our hope in you alone. Amen.
ApplicationAre there areas of your life where you have wandered off the path of grace and need to repent and return to the Lord?
Related ReadingJeremiah 29:11; John 10:10; 2 Peter 3:9
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