LIVE LONG AND PROSPER

Today's devotion from Deuteronomy 4. All creation cries out an unmistakable testimony of the majesty and glory of the Creator. However, some still misinterpret what the cosmos is saying. The sun is not clamoring for our worship. The stars are not beckoning for man to worship them. Instead, creation is about the artistry and mastery of the virtuoso at work.

Knowing that the people surround the Israelites would lead them to naturalistic paganism, Moses warned, "When you look to the heavens and see the sun, moon, and stars—all the stars in the sky—do not be led astray to bow in worship to them and serve them. The Lord your God has provided them for all people everywhere under heaven." (Deuteronomy 4:19, CSB) The natural evidence provided for all was to point them to the supernatural deity known intimately by Israel. They didn't need to look to the sky in order to see God. They heard His voice. They saw His fire. They witnessed His power in their exodus from Egypt.

But we should notice what flows next, naturally, from Moses' divinely inspired thoughts. The discussion immediately moves to children and grandchildren. Several times Moses mentions the importance of setting the right example and instruction for the next generation. That's because that is how we live long and prosper.

The desire for long life is not supposed to be solely for the individual. It is our children and their children staying close to God. Moses is not necessarily concerned just for the lifespan of one or two people, but for the entire people of God. His is specifically a desire to see the Israelites enjoy longevity and prosperity, "for all time." In this painful and open discussion, Moses exemplifies his point. He will never step foot in the Promised Land, but he will do everything in his power to help the next generation get there and stay there.

This is difficult for everyone. When do we realize that our time is coming to an end and the next generation's time is dawning? However, I don't think it is exactly like that. Instead, I think we witness a the example of a Kingdom mentality. My life, now, is for more, for others, and for tomorrow. If that's the case, what am I investing in today that will help others live long and prosper in the Kingdom tomorrow?