Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Deuteronomy 4:30-31 -- On Tribulation and Turning

"When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
(For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them."
Deuteronomy 4:30-31

When we are in tribulation, we can turn to the Lord, and he will show us the way out of our problems.  It isn't easy; in most cases, he won't just make them go away, but he does always bless us with hope that, through obedience and following his plan, we can get out of the mess that we're in.

We worry sometimes about the "forsake" and "destroy" parts, especially when we've done a lot of bad things and the troubles we are in are of our own making.  We look up from the bottom of the pit that we've dug for ourselves and we doubt that anyone will be kind enough to save us from this level of bad judgment.  In times like that, we should remember that God *always* loves us, more than we can imagine.  If we are willing to change, and we seek the Lord with all of our hearts and souls (Deuteronomy 4:29), we will always be able to find him.  He won't turn away.  He'll welcome us, and rejoice that we have come home to him. :)

Today, let's turn to the Lord in our tribulations, and trust in his love and mercy.

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