Devotions for the Week of February 12, 2017

Meditation for the Week of February 12, 2017

See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.  Deuteronomy 30:15-16

Every generation is different from the one before it. One of the best examples of the difference between the newest generation and the last one is the role technology plays in our lives. Our smart phones go with us everywhere, and we use them for nearly everything. One of my favorite features is GPS navigation. I use it all the time and it has changed how people relate to the road.

My parents and their parents all do the same thing when they arrive after a long drive. I call it, “the route talk.” Someone asks, “So, how was the drive?” They talk about the traffic and the weather, but then the driver describes the route they took. They started on county road such and such, and then they turned onto Interstate whatever. Because of my GPS, I don’t have a map in my head, and I don’t have to remember where I turn. I just listen to the lady in my phone. When she says turn right, I turn right.

God gives us two roads down which we can go. Moses sets them before us in the passage from Deuteronomy 30: The road of life and the road of death. The Road of death is the one we naturally want to travel, because we want to rely on our own set of directions. It’s the road where we love our sin, where we serve only ourselves, and where we turn away from God. It’s the road that is full of sin, and it leads only to death and eternal suffering in hell. It’s the road where we get what we deserve for every person we have hurt.

The road of life is totally different. It’s the one that leads to eternal life through the resurrection of the dead. But it’s not one that we can travel alone, because it takes perfect obedience to God, because life only comes from perfect obedience. That’s why only Jesus can guide us along it, because he already travelled down it. He obeyed God perfectly, because we can’t. He travelled down the road of life, staying on track the whole way. And now he guides us down it. He is our GPS.

He guides us through the Word by the power of the Holy Spirit. He takes us along, teaching us, guiding us, and leading us. He calls us to repent from our sin, and he gives us the power to do it. He calls us to love one another, and he gives us his own love. And, best of all, when we fail, he doesn’t leave us. He forgives us, and he takes us back to the road of life. He promises to always be with us until the day that we reach the end. On that day, he will raise all people from the dead and give you eternal life.

Our Weekly Prayer 

Please consider praying this prayer as part of your daily prayers.

Heavenly Father,

Your grace comes to us through Jesus Christ, who took the form of a servant and died on the cross for us. Stir up our hearts to love each other as he loved us, so that we may reflect his love to others. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen