Today’s Readings: Deut 11:1‐12:32, Luke 8:22‐39, Ps 70:1‐5, Prov 12:4
(S)cripture – Deut 11:2-5 And consider today (since I am not speaking to your children who have not known or seen it), consider the discipline of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand and his outstretched arm, 3 his signs and his deeds that he did in Egypt to Pharaoh the king of Egypt and to all his land, 4 and what he did to the army of Egypt, to their horses and to their chariots, how he made the water of the Red Sea flow over them as they pursued after you, and how the Lord has destroyed them to this day, 5 and what he did to you in the wilderness, until you came to this place…
(O)bservation – God wants the people of Israel to remember how he disciplined the Egyptians. He wants them to know that if they live like the Egyptians, they also will be disciplined. In addition, he wants them to remember all that he taught them when they were in the wilderness. As Matt Lantz taught me in Israel, “God didn’t just lead his people into the wilderness to get his people out of Egypt. He lead his people into the wilderness to get Egypt out of his people.”
(A)pplication – In wilderness times in my life, I want to look for what God is trying to teach me. I want to consider his discipline and respond.
(P)rayer – Lord, show me how you are currently disciplining me and give me the strength to respond.
How has God disciplined you?