In “a neglected promise” Jefferson Vann shares God’s promise to destroy anyone who knows him, yet chooses forget him.
Deuteronomy 8:19-20 (JDV).
Deuteronomy 8:19 If you ever forget Yahveh your God and follow other gods to serve them and bow in worship to them, I testify against you today that you will be destroyed.
Deuteronomy 8:20 Like the nations Yahveh is about to destroy before you, you will be destroyed if you do not obey Yahveh your God.
a neglected promise
We are often challenged to memorize and claim the promises of God. He promises to fight for us, to give us strength, to uphold us, to help us, to keep us from being engulfed by the rivers, or burned by the flames, to give us wisdom when we ask for it, to forgive us when we confess, to heal our land when we seek his face, to never leave us or forsake us… The list goes on.
The promise in today’s text is never listed, but it too is a promise of God. He promises to destroy anyone who knows him, yet chooses to forget him and follow other gods. Those who push the promises tend to avoid this one, and others like it.
Christian, our God is holy and jealous of those who call themselves by his name. He will not tolerate betrayal and abandonment. If the world, the flesh, or the devil seek your loyalty, know that you will pay the ultimate price for that act of idolatry. Run away from temptation!
Lord, we have given ourselves to you. We trust you to give us strength to pay attention to your promises: all of them.
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