I'm reading through the book of Deuteronomy these days. It's sort of a retelling of what happened with the Israelites through their forty years in the desert, which we just read in the book of Numbers. (To read blog posts on Numbers, scrowl down to Labels on your right and click on the label "Numbers.") But it also gives a bit more detail here and there, so it's not a book we should skip over or skim through. Lots of good nuggets tucked in those pages!
Today I was in chapter four. Two verses really stood out to me. So much so that I highlighted them with my trusty dusty green highlighter. Why green? Because green is a color that represents life and living things like plants and trees. When we see the color green it usually makes us think of something that is alive. I like to think of the verses I highlight in green in my Bible as being Life Giving verses. See if you agree:
"But if from there [the Promised Land] you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and soul." Deut. 4:29
"Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other!" Deut. 4:39
That first verse is very similar to what God said in Jeremiah 29:13 after the Israelites were exiled from the Promised Land:
"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
I'm thankful God isn't so elusive that we can't find him. That we can't know him. All it takes is looking for him with a sincere heart. On that day when we finally come to a true understanding that God is the God of heaven and of earth--and that there is no other God!--we will find Him.
For me, that day came back in May 1992. I'd been raised in a Christian home, went to church every Sunday, etc. etc., but I hadn't ever really sought God with my whole heart. I mean with my whole, entire heart! It was the day I stopped putting my life and wants and plans ahead of His. It was the day I wanted to really know who God is!
And you know what?
I found Him! Just like He said I would!
He is not the god whose name people take in vain. He is not the god of religions that don't acknowledge His Son, Jesus Christ. He is not the god whom people treat like Santa Claus, asking for this or that. He is not one of many gods.
Who is God?
"The Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other!"