As a Lenten practice during this season, clergy and leaders in the church from youth to elders will be sharing their devotions.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 28 – 29
Key verses: (28:1, 15) 1 If you will only obey the Lord your God, by diligently observing all his commandments that I am commanding you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth:
15 But if you will not obey the Lord your God by diligently observing all his commandments and decrees, which I am commanding you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you:
Reflection: When I listen to this scripture passage it is hard to get a feel for such rigid boundaries in today’s culture where so many gray areas exist. However, I believe God is trying to lead those with whom a covenant is made to a higher form of social justice, one where we are committed to God’s ways in all of our lives, not just areas of our lives or when it is convenient. I think we need to consider these verses compared to other cultures at the time, recognizing that to follow God’s commandments meant to live a different kind of life where religion, culture, politics, and life were all intertwined. God is asking his followers to listen and love, to obey and be devoted to his commandments. By doing so, you will set a higher standard by which to live. By not doing so, you will be just like everyone else.
In today’s culture we should listen and love as a way we live our lives every day, so that we can obtain a high social justice for all in our community and renew that commitment every year in the season of Lent.
Author: Henry Fulton, Elder class of 2022
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].