Today you should read: Deuteronomy 29
This chapter has a sense of refreshment, recommitment, and a restart. God had made a covenant with Israel some 40 years before, but the Israelites were a little shady with their part of the covenant. After 40 years of wondering in the wilderness, this covenant with God was being renewed by Israel. So, Moses gave some instruction on the renewal of the covenant and how judgment would come upon any who broke the covenant. All in all, this marks an encouraging turn of events for Israel.
One thing that stuck out to me today is in verses 2-4.
2 And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, “You have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh and all his servants and all his land; 3 the great trials which your eyes have seen, those great signs and wonders. 4 Yet to this day the Lord has not given you a heart to know, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear.—Deut. 29:2-4
The Israelites saw the miracles of God, but they hadn’t really seen the miracles of God. In other words, they had witnessed the great miracles and works of God, but hadn’t really fully perceived and conceived of what God had really done. They missed out.
That got me to thinking about how easy it is for me to witness the great works of God in my life and ministry, yet not really perceive and conceive of the greatness of what God has actually done. For example, there are times when I doubt my own salvation or His existence despite the fact that He has miraculously transformed my life and performed many powerful works. Another example is when I look at CPC Richmond and wish we were “further along” or wonder why God hasn’t brought along a huge influx of families to reach and invest into here in Madison County, as if He hasn’t already done so many great things in so many people’s lives through CPC Richmond already.
Great things are going on in my life and at CPC Richmond. My prayer today is that God would grant me a heart to know, eyes to see, and ears to hear what all He is doing around me. It would stink to go through a season of life and ministry seeing what He is doing but not really seeing what He is doing, if you catch my drift.
What’s God doing in your world that you’ll miss out on if you don’t stop to really see it?
Posted: Rich Duffield