Fat in our Faith

Wendy Pope

Day: 33 | Plan: Deuteronomy

Today's Reading: Deuteronomy 32

Deuteronomy 32:15 (NIV) Jeshurun grew fat and kicked; filled with food, they became heavy and sleek. They abandoned the God who made them and rejected the Rock their Savior.”

Remembering the days of old can be fun. A walk down spiritual memory lane is sometimes just what our souls need to jumpstart a wavering or fearful faith. Recalling God’s faithfulness helps to renew our confidence and restore vigor in our relationship with God. As we read the opening verses of Deuteronomy 32, it feels exciting and refreshing almost like a spiritual pep talk before the big game. But the text shifts gears in Deuteronomy 32:15.

In both reflective and prophetic phrases, Moses puts God’s people in their “spiritual place.” If I might paraphrase Moses, here’s what he seems to say: “God has been faithful, so very faithful to you. You’ve taken advantage of His faithfulness and failed to live up to our name, Jeshurun.” (Jeshurun means “upright one” and refers to the nation of Israel.)

Oh, how dangerous to become fat in our faith. Sometimes I become so filled with the good spiritual food of God and His generosity to me that I fail to live up to my name: chosen, holy and dearly loved children of God. (Colossians 3:12) In forgetting my name I forget my mission, which is to tell the world about the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Like the Israelites, I can’t take advantage of God’s goodness and offer Him superficial faith and lackluster commitment.

Living like pampered Christians won’t show the world Jesus. We avoid fat faith when we keep our heart aligned with the Word of God. Exercising our spiritual legs with obedience shows God we trust Him and believe He can do what He says that He will do. Serving His people and the community around us demonstrates humility.

The perfect example of how we should live was lived out by the perfect man, Jesus. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). 

Prayer: Forgive me, Father for allowing my faith to be fat. You are faithful even when I am not. Your spiritual food and goodness satisfy me. Oh, how I long to live like the example set before me. I admit that living like Jesus isn’t easy so I thank You for giving me the Holy Spirit to help lead and guide me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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