Sunday, June 07, 2009

Devotion: Can Doctrine be Refreshing?

This is #1 in a series on Deuteronomy 32

By Marsha Iddings

Deuteronomy 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

As I was reading through Deuteronomy 32, I was impressed by how rich that chapter is with doctrine! I was also impressed with the fact that this verse makes doctrine sound refreshing. That is an odd thought in this day when so many are saying that doctrine is old fashioned, and makes divisions in the church.

I plan to spend a few devotions on the doctrine that is in this chapter. I think when we are done you will find that doctrine can be refreshing and comforting, yet at the same time sometimes uncomfortable because it is also convicting.

The first bit of doctrine we see here is in verse 3 which says, "Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God."

The first thing we see here is that our God is great and we are to acknowledge His greatness. We need to recognize Him for Who He is.

As we go further into this chapter we will learn a number of things about God that will show His greatness. We'll learn about Him as the Rock. We'll see that his work is perfect and His ways are judgment. He is a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right. He made us and redeemed us. He kills and makes alive and he wounds and heals.

We'll also look at man in this chapter as well. There are some things to learn about man in comparison to God.

I am looking forward to doing this series of devotionals and pray that we will gain much insight and encouragement from it.

How great is your God? Do you really know Him? Do you study the Bible to learn more about Him? We can not really know Him or His greatness unless we spend time searching it out in study of His Word, the Bible. Therefore, it follows, that if we do not put forth some effort to know Him through the pages of the Bible, that we can not acknowledge His greatness, for we do not know it.

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