Digging deep into the Word of God and into the meditation of it brings fantastic results. When doing so, one begins to realize there are multiple lessons to be learned, sometimes from just a single verse. For instance, ponder Deuteronomy 12:29.
“When the LORD your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess and you displace them and dwell in their land” (bold emphasis, lrp2).
Certainly, one could read this verse and the context it is within, and see the clear warning is for God’s people to not fall prey to the idol worshipers in their new land of Israel — and such would absolutely be true.
But look again. Deeper and hidden inside this verse is the pathway which leads one away from sin and to God. Notice the bold words in the verse above — “dispossess,” “displace” and “dwell.”
In order for me to create a corridor leading to God, I must first be willing to “dispossess” my sinful lifestyle. In a sense, we are “depriving” ourselves, or “denying” one’s self just as Jesus commanded (Matthew 16:24). Not a single person can go to God and maintain a wicked routine simultaneously.
Once I have decided to “dispossess” my iniquitous existence, I then must “displace” it. Included in this idea is not only the removal of something, but the replacement of it as well. One needs good, wholesome activity to take the place of the bad and unhealthy action — else the sinful activities will slowly but surely re-fill the void.
Finally, I must be willing to let the good things “dwell” within me — to take up permanent residence. Good habits, morals, ethics and righteousness do not “rent” our minds for a short while — they “buy-in” and plan to stay for the long haul.
On this day, recall how the Israelites went to “dispossess,” “displace” and “dwell in” their new God-granted home. Then remember we too must “dispossess” our life of sin, “displace” it by learning and practicing good habits and “dwell” in our God granted life. What do you say?