Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 26, 2014

“that it may go well with you and with your children after you”

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 5:22-33.

“22 “These words the Lord spoke to all your assembly at the mountain from the midst of the fire, of the cloud and of the thick gloom, with a great voice, and He added no more.  He wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me.  23 And when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders.  24 You said, ‘Behold, the Lord our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire;  we have seen today that God speaks with man, yet he lives.  25 Now then why should we die?  For this great fire will consume us; if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any longer, then we will die.  26 For who is there of all flesh who has heard the voice of the living God speaking from the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?  27 Go near and hear all that the Lord our God says;  then speak to us all that the Lord our God speaks to you, and we will hear and do it.’

28 “The Lord heard the voice of your words when you spoke to me, and the Lord said to me, ‘I have heard the voice of the words of this people which they have spoken to you.  They have done well in all that they have spoken.  29 Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would fear Me and keep all My commandments always, that it may be well with them and with their sons forever!  30 Go, say to them, “Return to your tents.”  31 But as for you, stand here by Me, that I may speak to you all the commandments and the statutes and the judgments which you shall teach them, that they may observe them in the land which I give them to possess.’  32 So you shall observe to do just as the Lord your God has commanded you;  you shall not turn aside to the right or to the left.  33 You shall walk in all the way which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you will possess.”  Deuteronomy 5:22-33.

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God rewards faith and obedience.  God is good and does good to the righteous.

That does not mean that we try to have faith and obey God through our own wisdom and will-power.  We remember that our only hope is that we “were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.”  Romans 7:4.  ” I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”  Ezekiel 36:27.  “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”  Galatians 5:25.

Our faith believes that God rewards those who seek him.  “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:6.

“13 “Oh that My people would listen to Me,
That Israel would walk in My ways!
14 “I would quickly subdue their enemies
And turn My hand against their adversaries.
15 “Those who hate the Lord would pretend obedience to Him,
And their time of punishment would be forever.
16 “But I would feed you with the finest of the wheat,
And with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”  Psalm 81:13-16.

“1 How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,
Who walks in His ways.
2 When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands,
You will be happy and it will be well with you.
3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
Within your house,
Your children like olive plants
Around your table.
4 Behold, for thus shall the man be blessed
Who fears the Lord.”  Psalm 128:1-4.

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord gives grace and glory;  No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”  Psalm 84:11.

The promise that it will go well with us if we have faith and obey through God’s grace does not only extend to our self, the blessing extends to our children after us.  “Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would fear Me and keep all My commandments always, that it may be well with them and with their sons forever!”  Verse 29.  “So you shall keep His statutes and His commandments which I am giving you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may live long on the land which the Lord your God is giving you for all time.”  Deuteronomy 4:40.

In conclusion, so many parents want to provide for their children so that it may go well for their children after them.  But, they think that money is the best way to provide for them.  Today’s Scripture should encourage all of us parents to live righteous lives full of faith and obedience through God’s grace teaching our children God’s most Holy and Precious Word.


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