The reading for today is Deuteronomy 13:1-5.
13 If prophets or those who divine by dreams appear among you and promise you omens or portents, 2 and the omens or the portents declared by them take place, and they say, “Let us follow other gods” (whom you have not known) “and let us serve them,” 3 you must not heed the words of those prophets or those who divine by dreams; for the LORD your God is testing you, to know whether you indeed love the LORD your God with all your heart and soul. 4 The LORD your God you shall follow, him alone you shall fear, his commandments you shall keep, his voice you shall obey, him you shall serve, and to him you shall hold fast. 5 But those prophets or those who divine by dreams shall be put to death for having spoken treason against the LORD your God—who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery—to turn you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So, you shall purge the evil from your midst.
In our reading for today, we are reminded that unlike most of the human rules governing our civil and social life, God's law reaches into the secret places of our heart. While the law of man deals only with the external, God's law extends to our internal self. Speed limits, tax codes, and other rules we face daily don't require love, only compliance. Throughout the Bible, especially Deuteronomy, obedience surpasses compliance to the extent that we 'put our heart into it.'
Please Lord, take my heart … take my life … and let it be … consecrated, Lord to thee! Amen
Debbie Schroeder-Saulnier Deborah@excelleadershipsolutions.com
Prayer Concern - Let us all pray for God’s strength as we face false prophets on a daily basis. The answer is Jesus … today and always. Today and forever. Amen.