But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there. There you shall go, and there you shall bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution that you present, your vow offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock. And there you shall eat before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which the Lord your God has blessed you.
Moses is addressing the tribes of Israel as they are about to cross over the river Jordan and begin their trek into the promised land. Moses is instructing them to be aware and be attentive to the guidance of the Lord in finding their spot to settle and worship God.
The first verse of these verses is what intrigued me the most: But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose…
My first thought after reading this verse was, “Where is that place? Where is that place for me?” Have I been aware and attentive to the guidance that is placed before me and have I sought and found the place that the Lord your God will choose?
The more I thought about it, the more I realized it is not about a geographical location. For me it meant a place in my heart, a place in my heart to put his name and make his habitation there. This is my promised land, the land I spent 40 years and more wandering in the wilderness to find.
Like the Jews I am lead by ancient prophets towards this place. And like the Jews I stray off course, get distracted by worldly desires and lose sight of my God.
As I continue to read and learn the words written by these ancient prophets I get closer to my promised land. I get closer to settling in the place in my heart that the Lord my God has chosen.
And there you shall eat before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which the Lord your God has blessed you.
I believe this place to be the place that King Solomon discovered 500 years later when he wrote this verse:
And I command joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God had given him under the sun.
And what Solomon wrote in this verse:
There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God.
Solomon knew that life is about finding that place in your heart where God has chosen to put his name. It’s about finding that place and then letting God or putting God in that place. This is where you bring your sacrifice, this is where you give your very best and present the best unblemished.
This is where and when you find that, there is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil.
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