One of my great desires is for Christians to see the fullness of God by seeing the Greatness of God in the OT. I believe that seeing the grace, love, and mercy of God from the very beginning is crucial to that.
Notice how much grace is in Deuteronomy:
- God’s Choosing of Israel. God didn’t chose Israel because of their size, or anything they brought to the table. He “set his affection” on them because of His love and His faithfulness to Abraham. (Deut 7:7-9)
- God’s Abundant Provision. All of the abundance of material blessings that awaited them in the Promised Land were not really because of their hard work, but because of God’s grace. He warns them about forgetting God’s graciousness and provision when they are enjoying all the blessings. (Deut 8, vs 17-18)
- Also, see 6:10-12, when God warned them against forgetting Him when they received their “flourishing cities they did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant…” GRACE!
- God’s Gift of the Promised Land. Their military victories and receiving the land were not because of their righteousness nor their great might. It was because of God. They weren’t getting the land because they were so good. It was a gift! (Deut 9:1-6)
That’s a lot of Grace and God knows that we are likely forget about His Grace, Mercy, Provision and trust in ourselves. We must, “Remember!”
If we don’t remember what God has done, His Grace, we will rely on our selves and others and God won’t receive the glory/credit He deserves.
Don’t Forget the Grace of God!!