Deuteronomy 32:3-12: A Straight-Arrow God
When we look upon the world that surrounds us we may well wonder why so many of us throw so many sticks and stones at those who do not measure up to our standards; yet God believes in all of us still.
His messed-up, mixed-up children, his non-children,
throw mud at him but none of it sticks.
When we criticize and gossip, pass on rumors and make innuendo, we might be making more of a statement about ourselves than others; yet God is patient with us still.
Don’t you realize it is God you are treating like this?
This is crazy; don’t you have any sense of reverence?
When we forget our own shortcomings but are critical of others, when we ignore well-advised words, we signal how much confidence we lack by the false confidence we feign; yet God places hope in us still.
Read up on what happened before you were born;
dig into the past, understand your roots.
Ask your parents what it was like before you were born;
ask the old-ones, they’ll tell you a thing or two.
When we look for a model, search for wisdom, cry out for peace, we open ourselves to this straight-as-an-arrow God who abides, steers and protects; and despite our efforts to leave God behind, God loves us still.
A God you can depend upon, no exceptions,
a straight-arrow God.
When we use the scripture link and drop-down menus to explore other translations of these verses, we discover more than we have imagined about our God who consoles, remains and encourages us still.