Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 4, 2014

Choices

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 18:1-8.

“1 “The Levitical priests, the whole tribe of Levi, shall have no portion or inheritance with Israel;  they shall eat the Lord’s offerings by fire and His portion.  2 They shall have no inheritance among their countrymen; the Lord is their inheritance, as He promised them.

3 “Now this shall be the priests’ due from the people, from those who offer a sacrifice, either an ox or a sheep, of which they shall give to the priest the shoulder and the two cheeks and the stomach.  4 You shall give him the first fruits of your grain, your new wine, and your oil, and the first shearing of your sheep.  5 For the Lord your God has chosen him and his sons from all your tribes, to stand and serve in the name of the Lord forever.

6 “Now if a Levite comes from any of your towns throughout Israel where he resides, and comes whenever he desires to the place which the Lord chooses, 7 then he shall serve in the name of the Lord his God, like all his fellow Levites who stand there before the Lord.   8 They shall eat equal portions, except what they receive from the sale of their fathers’ estates.”  Deuteronomy 18:1-8.

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Today is election day, and we think that we have choices.  But, today’s Scripture reminds us of God’s choices.  From the Levite in verse 5 to the king in Deuteronomy 17:15 to whomever will be elected today, God is the One Who does the choosing.

We may claim that we believe in Reformed Doctrine, in Calvinism, in God’s sovereignty.  But, how much of it goes from our head to our heart?  Do we really trust God’s choices?  Or, do our actions, words, and feelings show that we really trust our own choices?

“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord;
He turns it wherever He wishes.”  Proverbs 21:1.

Whether we trust God’s choices or man’s choices has serious consequences. 

“5 Thus says the Lord,
“Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
And makes flesh his strength,
And whose heart turns away from the Lord.
6 “For he will be like a bush in the desert
And will not see when prosperity comes,
But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness,
A land of salt without inhabitant.
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
And whose trust is the Lord.
8 “For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.”  Jeremiah 17:5-8.

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