By Mark Shields
This day with God will be amazing as we read Deuteronomy 25 – 26, reflect on how to apply His word, and pray. We will give Him the best part of our day! Taking in the instructions from His Word and stepping ahead in obedience to that Word.
The first fruit and tithe is an acknowledgement of God’s blessings from the past and continual care for the future. Just like the Israelites who gave thanks with their first fruits to God for helping them go from being poor and oppressed into being blessed with the Promised Land; we too can give a tithe to acknowledge God for our past and the guaranteed exalted future.
The values that underlie the laws governing Israel’s religious, social, political, and moral life included being honest, showing initiative, living obediently, and graciously accepting others as a child of God; a treasure He has wonderfully made.
These values affect our attitudes toward the major issues facing us today. God thinks every person is AWESOME! Everyone is of great value to God and therefore should be of great value to us. If we did all the things God believes we can do, we would literally be astounded.
This day with You Lord, we seek You first. We are grateful for this new day as we reflect on the past and refocus on bigger dreams ahead. We give You the first part of our day so we fulfill all that You belief we can do as we live life passionately, love completely, learn humbly, and live boldly. Amen