Today’s Tasting: Deuteronomy 14–16: In this section of Deuteronomy, God continues to give the Israelites more instructions for life. He gives them guidance regarding what is good or bad for them to eat, how they should tithe, and how to care for the Levites, the poor, and those who are indebted.
Today’s Nourishment: This section of the Old Testament is not one of my favorite parts of the Bible; however, it is important nonetheless. If we can get past the minute details and take it in as a whole, it gives us great insight into God’s love for His chosen people. God has taken the time to lay out a plan for them that will ensure they are well fed, healthy, financially stable, and community focused—in other words, well cared for and loved.
It’s easy to see in Deuteronomy how much God cared for the Israelites. It’s spelled out very clearly. The question for us today, however, is how easy is it to see how much God cares for us? I was talking to my Bible study class last evening about examples of God’s comfort, or care, for us. At the start of the conversation everyone was bringing up examples during difficult or disastrous times. For example, when a tragic event—such as a natural disaster—occurs, everyone bands together to help and support those affected.
But what about those everyday instances where God is caring for us or showing us His love and comfort? I am an amateur photographer and my favorite thing to take pictures of is nature. I absolutely love to take day-long drives with my husband to places we’ve never been just for the sake of picture taking. It is through my love of photography and nature that I began to see God’s love in everyday things. When I began looking at the world through the lens of a camera, I began to see things I might have otherwise missed.
When we look at God’s love as something that we need when times are tough, or when disasters strike, we are missing the times when He shows His love in our everyday life.
I encourage you to spend some time looking for God’s love in the everyday happenings of your life—you may be surprised at what you find!
Tomorrow’s Delight: Deuteronomy 17–20