Sunday was our 34th wedding anniversary. We went to the “big” city, Anchorage, and enjoyed dinner at Golden Corral.
My wife and I have many happy memories over these years. God has been very good to us. Even in what might be called the “trying times”, God has been there, helping us through.
Anniversaries are always a good time to remember what God has done for us.
God chose to do this with the nation of Israel. He was always reminding them of His promises. He emphasized obedience equaled blessing and disobedience equaled a curse. Like us, sometimes they chose to obey and sometimes not.
As the nation of Israel was preparing to enter the Promised land, God reiterated that Israel should, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: 5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5)
Then He tells them to, “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)
“And it shall be, when the Lord thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,11 And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full;12 Then beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 13 Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.” (Deuteronomy 6:10-13)
That is why God gave us His word in written form. The Bible, read, obeyed, and reverenced, provides us a way that we should not forget our God. He cared about us so much, He sent Jesus to pay our sin debt.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001