Devotion - February 20, 2013

Devotion - February 20, 2013

Daily devotion from Deuteronomy 26:10.

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“Now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you, O Lord, have given me.” Place the basket before the Lord your God and bow down before him.

Deuteronomy 26:10

How Much Is Enough?

Sweat was dripping down his face and dirt smudged his forehead. He put the broom back in its place and trudged back inside. “Dad, am I done now?” he called out to his father. Dad had to find an appropriate consequence for his son’s latest act of disobedience. Cleaning out the garage seemed a punishment to fit the crime. “Have I done enough?” his son now inquired of him.

We resent it when employers incessantly demand more and more. We groan when teachers keep inflating their standards. We become bitter if a spouse appears never to be satisfied with our efforts and attention. And we get distraught at the realization that we could never give God enough to completely satisfy him.

That’s exactly the point. We can’t give God enough. Whatever we have done for God hasn’t met his requirements. Whatever efforts we make will never satisfy his standards. We can’t. We don’t. We never will.

When we come to the realization that we can never do enough to please God, that’s when he reminds us of everything he has done for us. Moses reminded God’s people that God had brought them out of Egypt when they were weak and helpless. God had built them into a mighty nation. God had blessed them by delivering on all his promises. And the greatest promise God gives his people is the promise of Jesus.

Jesus has done enough, more than enough, everything. Jesus satisfied God’s demands of perfection. Jesus met every requirement of God’s holy law. Jesus did it for you. Jesus offered his innocence on your behalf.

Now God doesn’t actually need anything from you. God didn’t need the grain or oil or livestock of the Israelites. God doesn’t need your money or your service or your heart. But God loves it when you offer them to him. God rejoices at your joyful willingness to offer him the first and best of what you have. God is grateful for every gift and talent and possession you return from him to him. And you never have to wonder if it will be enough.

Prayer: 

(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal - 485)
We give thee but thine own, Whate’er the gift may be;
All that we have is thine alone, A trust, O Lord, from thee. Amen.

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