““When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead,”. Deuteronomy 18:9-11
Abominable – Strong’s H8441 – tôʿēḇâ – in a ritual sense – to God and his people – various objectionable acts
This verse was shared with me tonight. As it was shared, I thought about how frequently I have taken for granted the land the Lord has given me. Despite all the struggles, I know I am blessed. God has given me physical land; I think of all the spiritual land He has given me too. Scripture says that He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3).
In the biblical and truest sense, I didn’t practice the things listed in this scripture. I could allow myself a pass on that technicality. I’ve never burned my son or daughters. I’ve never had them pass through the fire. I didn’t practice divination or fortune telling or seek out a sorcerer or medium.
Yet, I have done various objectionable acts in my life. I put other things before my children. I sacrificed their well-being for what I thought I was important at the time. They were sacrificed for my career. I put the needs of other people’s children in front of my own children, the land that God entrusted to me to care for first, offering their wellbeing up as an offering.
I tried to plan my own future. Trying to orchestrate and control what was going on. I didn’t need to visit a charmer, I would charm people, (AKA manipulate people) to get my way. Instead of asking for what I need and enjoying the land the Lord has given me, I went about getting what I wanted the world’s way.
I’ve spent more time focused on dead things from the past. Instead of letting go of things, I held on trying to bring fresh life in them. I have allowed things from my past to keep me from enjoying the land the Lord has given me.
I have at times learned lessons from the world around me to use in the land God blessed me with. That is sharing the perspective He has placed inside of me. I’ve also tainted His perfect land with the world., bringing a worldly perspective into my understanding of what His Word says. I have followed the practices of the world at times, instead of living in the land He blessed me with.
It’s interesting to look at the promise to the Israelites and how it applies to me now. I need to occupy the land God has given me and use it for his glory.
Prayer — Lord, thank you for the fresh insight. Help me to occupy the land that you have blessed me with period and to use the land for your glory and honor.