Heavenly Father, as I consider my life—what goes on in my head, what comes out of my mouth, and where I go and what I do—I know that I cannot stand before You on the basis of my goodness. I confess my sin. God, be merciful to me, a sinner. Father, I put my trust in Jesus for my salvation and still I waver and stumble. Father, be compassionate to me Your child; I believe, help my unbelief. Teach me to see the world around me and my own life in the way You see it and to act and react accordingly. Be with me and my fellow believers today. Come to us through Your Word, bless our time in Your Word, and strengthen our faith. Amen.
God through Moses gives direction to the people of Israel for how they should approach their lives and their God. In short—fear, love, and trust in the one true God above all things and joyfully serve Him all your days.
Paul had been here before—imprisoned for his confession of Christ and facing possible death (cf. Philippians). But this time was different. Paul knew his earthly race was coming to a close. Earthly friends had deserted him, but not Jesus. Paul’s supreme confidence wasn’t looking at this earth, but to His Savior and His heavenly kingdom.