August 02, 2020
SPIRITUAL RENEWAL REFLECTION – SUNDAY, AUGUST 02, 2020
In the Moravian Daily Text, the Watchword for today says:
Remember the days of old, consider the years long past; ask your father, and he will inform you; your elders, and they will tell you. Deuteronomy 32:7
The accompanying Doctrinal Text is 2 Timothy 1:13
Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
Let us pause to reflect on today’s Watchword:
Remember the days of old, consider the years long past; ask your father, and he will inform you; your elders, and they will tell you.
Verse 7 of Deuteronomy 32 seeks to take us down memory lane; to call us to do some reflection – one and two and three generations back, even beyond. Suggesting that some answers today can be obtained through considering things past. I have heard it touted in some quarters that Bajans have short memories; and maybe we are a lot like the Israelites in some instances.
Israel had in some part forgotten the Rock, the joy of their salvation, their emblem in all the battles fought and won, the God who delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies in some amazing ways. He brought them out of Egypt, fed and led them through the wilderness, and into the promised land of Canaan.
This verse challenges us to do some introspection, some soul searching, some recollection of our historical relationship with our Lord – what He had done and shown He can do.
God has been good. If you are not confident about this, ask your elders. Better yet, today we can go straight to the source – our Heavenly Father – and He will reveal the scriptures to us, when we seek them in faith with fervent prayer.
Are you an elder today, and yet you cannot show and tell? Then get into the Scriptures. Are you young and cannot identify an elder around you who could show and tell? Get into the Scriptures yourselves! Study for yourself, to show yourself approved unto God so that you would be a blessing to your next generation. Could we ask our Moravian ancestors today, they would tell us of the Holy Spirit’s ability to touch and fill our lives as he did for them in August 1727.
Let us not repeat the sins of the past by forgetting or not knowing our Rock, our Saviour, and turning to idols. Let us not fail to recognize that his Holy Spirit is still available to us. Let us truly surrender our lives to the work and service of the One true and living Lord and Saviour, who is able to fill us with the Holy Spirit, and deliver us in every situation.
Heavenly Father, help us to turn to you, to your Word. Help us to be the support that is needed for the next generation to turn to you and your Word. For you, O Lord, are our Rock and our salvation. So fill us anew with your Holy Spirit; in Jesus’ name. Amen.