GOD’S FAITHFULNESS REFRESHES
In his final address to the nation of Israel, Moses concluded with a lengthy song that recounts God’s special care for His Chosen People. The song begins:
Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak;
And hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
My speech distills as the dew,
As raindrops on the tender herb,
And as showers on the grass.
For I proclaim the name of the Lord:
Ascribe greatness to our God.
Speaking to the children of Israel who had spent the previous four decades in the wilderness, Moses encouraged them to welcome his startling rehearsal of their history like morning dew or a gentle rain that restores and invigorates.
Moses’ words are truly refreshing because they provide a vivid reminder of God’s unfaltering faithfulness. He reminded Israel that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob desired to guide them—actually cared for them—and defended against enemies seeking their destruction.
In another rehearsal of God’s faithfulness, King David likens rain to an invigorating tonic: “You gave abundant showers, O God; You refreshed your weary inheritance” (Ps. 68:9; NIV).
Just like Moses and David, we need to be refreshed by rehearsing God’s faithfulness every day. During devotional time, make a habit of recording your own personal history of God’s faithful acts on your behalf. And, when you feel overwhelmed or tempted to succumb to numbing disillusionment, allow extra time to be reinvigorated by reading God’s Word.
Another way to remind yourself of God’s faithfulness is to print and frame specific verses as the Lord impresses them on your heart. These are simple activities that can be used as a constant reminder of God’s faithfulness and care. In the process, God’s Word and history of His faithfulness will rejuvenate your body, soul and spirit!
1) Bible opened to Isaiah. By, Ken Horn, [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
2) Rain Refreshes. By Supraja kannan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.