Devotions for November 25, 2014

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Deuteronomy 8:1-9

“Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. 2 Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. 3 Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4 For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell. 5 Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you for your own good.

6 “So obey the commands of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and fearing him. 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land of flowing streams and pools of water, with fountains and springs that gush out in the valleys and hills. 8 It is a land of wheat and barley; of grapevines, fig trees, and pomegranates; of olive oil and honey. 9 It is a land where food is plentiful and nothing is lacking. It is a land where iron is as common as stone, and copper is abundant in the hills.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q:For 40 years, the Israelites had to rely on God’s provision of daily bread to live. Jesus later quotes to resist Satan’s temptations. Why are God’s words even more important than food? How do His words give you life even in the most challenging stretches of your life?

Q:God told Israel to keep His commandments, to walk in His ways, and to fear Him. How can obeying God cause you to love Him more? Are His ways your ways? Why is God’s wisdom so much higher than the world’s?

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