Passage: Deuteronomy 4:23-40
Verse: Deuteronomy 4:40 (NIV 2011)
Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land the Lord your God gives you for all time.
This passage of Scripture begins by reminding us to be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that he made with you. We have a tendency to forget how blessed a people we really are. As we move beyond the celebration of the 4th of July, also known as Independence Day, let us remember how precious our freedom is. Freedom to worship God, freely and openly, is not something that is available to everyone throughout the world. We are blessed! In addition, as believers in Jesus Christ we are free from the bondage created by sin. This world can present us with many challenges and temptations, but verse 29 tells us if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. Claim that promise in times of need for the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your ancestors, which he confirmed to them by oath [v. 31]. May we be free indeed! May [we] live long in the land the Lord [our] God [has given us] for all time [v. 40]. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)