Daily Bible Podcast Day 067 – Deuteronomy 7-9, Mark 15

January 6, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan


“After the Lord your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself, ‘The Lord has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.’ No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is going to drive them out before you. It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the Lord your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people.” ~Deuteronomy 9:4-6

One of the hard things about the Old Testament is knowing when something applies to the modern Christian. Things like animal sacrifices clearly do not, but other things are not so clear. I think it is safe to say that this passage still applies on a personal level. For instance, I did nothing to deserve being born where I was. How could I have deserved it? Because of this, it makes no sense for me to gloat about my nationality, since I had no part in it.

This also makes me wonder if our country is blessed due to our righteousness (I suspect not since we have relatively little), or if other countries are merely being punished for their wickedness. Or is God even in that business of using nations to punish wicked nations any longer?

Whatever the case is on the level of international relations, clearly I have no business being proud of where I was born. I had nothing to do with it. I can give thanks to God for the undeserved blessing he has shown by having me born where I was, but I certainly don’t deserve to be prideful. If there’s anything that this last year has taught me, it’s that no one deserves any good thing they have.

Father, thank you that for some reason you allowed me to be born where I was. So many people have it worse than I do and they didn’t deserve that either. I pray that I will never be prideful of my circumstances or my geographical location. I also pray that I will be merciful to others who find themselves in worse circumstances.

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