We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses.
Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations;
but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.’
LORD Jesus we praise You for You have created us, saved us, and called us. Forgive us, O LORD we pray, that we so often neglect to diligently read Your Word. Let us study it. Guide us in our daily walk, and help us to do what You are telling us to do. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.
Some days it is easier to read our Bible while on other days we are having great trouble following the words. We might begin to stumble over verses that are a real challenge for us. It’s not so much because we do not understand what the verses say, but that the verses demand a certain kind of action from us. Could it be that we are feeling discomfort due to reading something that God requires of us — something we are not willing to do?
Cain was the first murderer that walked this earth. The Bible says that Cain was very angry, and that his countenance fell. He was jealous of his brother. Why? The LORD respected Abel and his offering, but Cain’s offering He did not respect. So Cain rose up against Abel and killed him.
Both received one and the same command. One of them listened and did what God required of him while the other one did not care to please the LORD. Abel brought the best he could give to God while Cain offered whatever he would find to give. One’s offering involved all the heart, all the soul, and all the strength of the giver; the other one’s offering was not good and therefore unacceptable to God.
What kind of Bible students are we? Do we care what God promises in His Word? How about what He commands us to do?
Listen to what Matthew Henry writes in regard to today’s verses:
If God were not more mindful of his promises
than we are of his precepts
we should be undone.
Our best pleas therefore in prayer are those that are taken from the promise of God, the word on which he has caused us to hope, Psa 119:49.
Study the Word of God and do what it says today.