Deuteronomy is filled with the constant reminder to remember. To remember that it was God that us to this point. It is God that gives us the good things. It is God that gave you the life to wake up, God that gives you the grace for this moment, God that gives you the power to survive what may come your way, God that gives you the strength to recover from whatever punch that knocks you to your knees.
It is God. He is your strength. Your shield. Your defender. Even in the valleys and the trials. And the challenges. It is God.
New Testament Lesson
Jesus came to free us. Free us from whatever it is that has your heart in a cage today.
Maybe he came to free you from sin.
He came to set your heart free from whatever cage it's locked in. Won't you experience that freedom today?
Jesus' first miracle — water to wine — saved a bride and her father from embarrassment. His first miracle, allowed a party to continue. His first miracle, affected only those in the wedding party and their guests. No one was healed, saved, or restored.
And, in Israel, there were greater needs than this. Yet, this was His first.
He knew this was important to the bride and her family. He knew this would be the only moment of joy for the villagers for a long time. He knew the shame it would bring to the family of the bride.
And, He cared about them.
No matter how insignificant you may feel, your prayers may feel, your hurts may feel, God knows. And He cares. And He will help.
Because He loves you.