Deuteronomy 4:1-4

During the Lenten season, members of Faith Lutheran Church have written our daily devotions.  Today’s writer is Andy Doe.


So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. 2You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God with which I am charging you. 3You have seen for yourselves what the Lord did with regard to the Baal of Peor—how the Lord your God destroyed from among you everyone who followed the Baal of Peor, 4while those of you who held fast to the Lord your God are all alive today. Deuteronomy 4:1-4 


In our lives we are constantly searching for structure.  Everyday our schedule is interrupted, changed, or completely discarded.  However, God speaks clearly to His people – providing all the structure we really need.  A simple set of 10 basic, essential rules is all any of us need to create a sound, structured life.


As most of us, I am constantly striving to “be a better Christian”.  I see the “Instruction” set that is the Ten Commandments clearly.  However, it is often a far more daunting task to abide by them.  The distractions of the world are constant and infinite.  I find keeping my faith at the center of my life the most essential, and difficult, task in my life.

Do you find yourself thinking that it can’t be that simple?  Shouldn’t being a Christian be far more complex?  Do you ever find yourself in sin and try to create some justification for your acts?


However, as usual, God has provided us with all we need.  We need not find new, or better, ways to live as good Christians – we need only follow those Commandments – letting our Christianity shine, through the support of the structure God provides.


 Let us pray: Dear God, please help me keep the distractions of the world at bay and instead, my eyes fixed on you. Convict me when needed and don’t allow me to justify my actions to myself, others, or to you. Show me ways to live as you have created me to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


One Response to “Deuteronomy 4:1-4”

  1. kirk921 Says:

    A men

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