READ: Deuteronomy 29

THINK: In May of 1998, the failure of a control processor on board the Galaxy IV communications satellite caused it to rotate out of position and turn away from the earth. In an instant, 40 million pagers became useless pieces of plastic. Hundreds of retail stores and scores of radio and TV stations were also affected —all because one satellite turned the wrong way.

How many people would be affected if you or I turned away from God? Few of us realize the extent of our influence, but our obedience to God is vital because of our role in the church (1 Cor. 12:12-17) and the world (1 Pet. 2:9-12).

God charged His Old Testament people to be faithful to His covenant “so that there may not be among you man or woman or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from the Lord our God, . . . and that there may not be among you a root bearing bitterness or wormwood” (Dt. 29:18). A New Testament writer recalled this when he said we should be careful “lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled” (Heb. 12:15).

Are you out of position today? Turn back to God. Stay in contact with Him. You never know how many lives will be influenced by your decision. True repentance turns from the wrong and returns to the right.

– David C. McCasland in Our Daily Bread


ASK: What might cause me to turn away from God? Is there any “root of bitterness” in my life? Is there anything I need to confess to God right now?

PRAY: Talk over your answers to those questions with God, and ask him to help you get turned in the right direction so that you can draw others towards him.

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