10:12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good?
Love and serve God with all our being, that is God's command. Simple, yet not easy.
21 He is your praise. He is your God, who has done for you these great and terrifying things that your eyes have seen. 22 Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons, and now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven.
It's amazing what God can do. There's no way Joseph or Jacob could've known how God would grow the family of Israel from the small band of 70 that came to Egypt, to the very high number that left in the Exodus. He is the One that does these great things. He deserves all the praise and glory. And His power is still at work today.
11:26 “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: 27 the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, 28 and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way that I am commanding you today, to go after other gods that you have not known.
We can choose - blessing or curse, life or death, obedience or disobedience. It reminds me of a quote..... You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequence of your choice.
What will you and I choose today?
It is always good to help people by meeting their physical or material needs, but in our Acts passage, we see that even when we don't have anything to help people practically, we always have the most important thing - the good news. We can't heal the way God did through the apostles in the time of Acts, but we can (and must!) bring people the gospel, which results in the most important healing of all.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Deuteronomy 13-15; Acts 4:1-22