Devotional for Thursday January 30th

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Change”
Our Bible verse for today: “The Lord will turn the rain of your land into falling dust; it will descend on you from the sky until you are destroyed.” Deuteronomy 28:24 (HCSB)
Our thought for today: “Sometimes God has to change our circumstances to teach us a lesson.”
Moses wrote the book of Deuteronomy very near the end of his life. The nation of Israel was about to cross over into the Promised Land and God had already told Moses that he was about to die and the nation would therefore have to go ahead without him. So before that happened, Moses gave them some final instructions and in Deuteronomy 28:24, he warned them of what would happen if they disobeyed the Lord and strayed from His commands – they would suffer. And they did. They strayed from Godly behavior and sure enough, God changed their good circumstances into bad ones; He turned their dancing into mourning; He changed their joy into tears; He gave them poverty instead of prosperity.
The other day I saw a post on Facebook that read “Be thankful for what you have before it becomes what you had.” Yes. We need to remain intentionally aware of the ways in which God has blessed us; we need to give serious thought to the patterns of behavior which created the circumstances under which God was able and willing to bless us; and then we need to do more of the same.
Make no mistake, God can and will change His blessings into spankings if that’s what’s needed in order to correct our behavior.  The Israelites could have made better choices and remained in that happy state of enjoying God’s blessings. Instead they chased after the gods of the nations around them – and after their women. They consistently pursued their own desires instead of God’s, and they ignored the repeated warnings delivered to them by God’s prophets. And so, they got spanked.
Sometimes God has to change our circumstances in order to teach us a lesson. However it doesn’t have to be that way. When it does happen it’s always our own faults. If we would just remain obedient, faithful, and thankful, then we wouldn’t be wayward children in need of discipline from our Heavenly Father.
Be thankful for what you have before it becomes what you had. Obey God and live in a way that honors and pleases Him. Otherwise, eventually, you will get spanked.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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