"And you shall rejoice in all the good that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house, you, and the Levite, and the sojourner who is among you."
"Because you did not serve the Lord your God with Joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things, therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness, and lacking everything..."
The Israelites are still wandering. Taken out of a familiar land to roam the wilderness and eat unfamiliar food. And yet God says they are to "rejoice in all the good that the Lord your God has given to you..."
Moses is giving them instruction in what to do when they arrive in the land promised by God.
I wonder if the Israelites were feeling thankful. Were they excited that the end of their travels was near? Did they wonder if they'd ever really make it? Were any of them just plain sick of the journey?
Could they be thankful for what they hadn't experienced yet? What was simply promised? Could they even be thankful for the years spent wandering, trusting they were part of the story God was weaving across time?
Can we rejoice in all the good too-even when we think it's only in the future?
Or do we serve the enemies that come against us:
Jealousy-when others are able to give their kids everything on that list for Santa.
Envy-life would be so much better if I had what she had...
Lack of forgiveness-when a family member has hurt us and holidays become tense.
Deceit-when we try to compete so that we look like something we are not.
Selfishness-do we hoard what he gives us or do we share the blessing?
If so, are we satisfied here? Or do we hunger, thirst, long for Him to be the one to fill us? If we are empty of Him, we already lack everything.
Do you serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things?
Thankful to be counting 1,000 gifts today along with friends at A Holy Experience...
#158 When I can't seem to get enough of His word
#159 For when the Holy Spirit helps me hold my tongue
#160 There is a rest and an inheritance waiting for me...thankful for what's to come
#161 Children learning about Jesus and simply learning to sit still
#162 The gift of His Word to lead this life
#163 Blogging community taking time to give advice and encouragement
#164 Silent moments that make joy hard
#165 Conversations in the dark
#166 One perfect sacrifice that makes us presentable to God
Thank you, Lord, for these...