Your life shall hang in doubt before you; you shall fear day and night, and have no assurance of life. (Deut 28:66)
With some sort of small natural disaster seemingly common through the first part of this week, the severe storms missed our little town last night and we got a break. No fears, no worries, we got it made in the shade! Sure must have been awful for those folks back in the day who couldn't stand to read a news website for fear of all the fear presented to them. Oh... that's right now.
Deuteronomy 28 contains two main sections: the blessing of obedience to the Law, and the curses of disobedience to the Law. The curses are downright horrible, culminating in our verse for today, which describes quite well the world of today. We have achieved the apex of man's power and authority - fear. Congratulations to us as the human race. We really do have no assurance of life either for the remainder of today or for tomorrow. The Law is tough: one step out of line and the boom of constant fear is lowered. Of course it is! All the Law shows is that man cannot save himself. We know that because Jesus has saved us!
If six is man's number, then the 66th verse is appropriate to show what man has achieved by going it alone - constant fear. We need our Savior. On the day no disaster struck, we can tremble in fear over what might happen tomorrow, or we can thank God for His magnificent blessings that day, today, the day when I have no disaster to report from the front lines of the nature challenge. A blessing to share indeed from God's wonderful cup of love and goodness! Blessed be the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Immanuel!Bucky