Saturday, March 7, 2009

Treasured Possession

Focus verses: Deuteronomy 26:16-19

Today's reading is a renewal of God's covenant with the people. In it He sets out the results of fidelity to God - blessings - and of infidelity to God - curses.

But the most astonishing part of this passage is that the Lord calls us not only His people, but also His treasured possession, a holy people consecrated to Him.

From our earlier readings we know that the word consecrated means set aside for exclusive use. We have been set aside as the exclusive possession of the Most High God. What in the world can He want with us?

God wants our voluntary and exclusive fellowship with Him. Because He is sovereign and all-powerful, He could coerce this fellowship. But He prefers that we come to Him of our own volition. He wants our willing hearts brought to Him openly.

He asks for our complete trust in Him, telling Him all that is in our hearts and listening for his response, His vision for our lives, His will.

Can we set aside everything else and focus only on Him?

Father, God,

Imbue us with Your Holy Spirit. Remind us constantly that we are Yours and are to keep our eyes and hearts focused on You.
In Jesus' most precious name.

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