Tim’s Daily Bread Devotional 1.28.22 – The first united Methodist church in Fort Worth

Today’s Bible: Deuteronomy 10: 17-22

17 For the LORD thy God is the God of gods, and the Lord of lords; 18 who executes justice for orphans and widows, and who loves strangers by giving them food and clothing. 19 And you will love a stranger, because you were strangers in the land of Egypt. 20 Fear the Lord your God; You worship him alone; you will hold fast to him and swear by his name. 21 He is your praise; he is your God, who has done for you these great and terrible things that your eyes have seen. 22 Seventy of your ancestors went to Egypt; and now the LORD thy God hath made thee great as the stars of heaven.

Tim’s pious reflection for today

Today’s reading comes from the recitation of the law in Deuteronomy. However, it is also important to note that this passage is in fact begins with these words: “In light of all this, O Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you? Only this: to honor the Lord your God by walking in all his ways, loving him, serving the Lord your God with all your heart and being, and keeping the Lord’s commandments and his precepts that I command you right now. It’s for your own good! ” (Deuteronomy 10: 12-13, CEB)

The book of Genesis says that human beings are “created in the image of God.” Today’s reading says that people should be treated as God does: “Who doesn’t play favorites and doesn’t take bribes. He brings justice to orphans and widows, and he loves immigrants by giving them food and clothing. ” (Deuteronomy 10:17, CEB)

It further relates to what God is asking for: “That means you have to love immigrants too because you were immigrants in Egypt. Honor the Lord your God, serve him, cling to him, swear by his name! “ (Deuteronomy 10:19, CEB)

All these words speak to people of faith in every generation, including ours. They remind us that idolatry can creep into all of us; without being aware of it, we can elevate certain people or things too high — even to the level of God. These words also remind us of how we should treat others – and that we must do it for our own own good.

Hymn suggestion

“I have a charge to keep”

I have a charge that I have,
God for worship,
A never-dying soul to be saved,
And responsible for heaven.

To serve the present age,
My call to fulfill;
Oh, let all my powers be involved
To do the will of my Lord!

Arm me with vigilant attention
As in Your eyes to live,
And now, Thy servant, O Lord, prepare thyself
Strict account to give!

Help me to watch and pray,
I still rely on you,
Oh, let me not betray my trust,
But press on the kingdoms of heights.

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