A Bible Devotional from Bethel

By: Pastor Larry Aikens, Jr.

Bethel Church of the Brethren

February 14, 2022


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Scripture Lesson: Deuteronomy 33:3:

Do you remember the famous reference Jeremiah 33:3? Many of us memorized this verse when we were coming along. It says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (KJV). How about adding to your memory another great verse with a similar reference?

Deuteronomy. 33:3:

Indeed, he loves his people;
    all his holy ones are in his hands.
They follow in his steps
    and accept his teaching (NLT).

Here is another translation of this great verse:

Deuteronomy. 33:3:

The Lord loves his people
    and protects those who belong to him.
So we bow at his feet
    and obey his commands (GNT).


Just in case you have dismissed this wonderful love story in Moses’ writings, as something for the Israelites and not for us, listen to what the Apostle Paul taught us:

Romans 9:25

25 Concerning the Gentiles, God says in the prophecy of Hosea,

“Those who were not my people,
    I will now call my people.
And I will love those
    whom I did not love before.”

He was quoting from:

Hosea 2:23
23 At that time I will plant a crop of Israelites
    and raise them for myself.
I will show love
    to those I called ‘Not loved.’
And to those I called ‘Not my people,’
    I will say, ‘Now you are my people.’
And they will reply, ‘You are our God!’”

Joke of the Day:

This is the most romantic day of the year. Some folks just don’t understand what real romance and love is all about. I heard about this fellow that had just finished reading a new book entitled, “You Can Be THE MAN of Your House.”

He stormed to his wife in the kitchen and announced, “From now on, you need to know that I am THE MAN of this house and my word is Law.

You will prepare me a gourmet meal tonight, and when I’m finished eating my meal, you will serve me a sumptuous dessert. Afterwards, you’re going to draw me a bath so I can relax.

You will wash my back and towel me dry and bring me my robe.  Then, you will massage my feet and hands.  Then tomorrow, guess who’s going to dress me, comb my hair, and get me ready?

His wife replied, “I don’t know… maybe the funeral director”?

Today’s Theme:

What does it mean when we say “God loves you?”


  1. It means that God will always act in your best interest.

Illustration: I am reading again the book, Evidence Not Seen. It is the story of Missionary Darlene Rose, who was captured on the mission field by Japanese soldiers when World War II broke out. When her husband Russell was captured, he very quietly said to her, “Remember one thing, dear: God said that He would never leave us nor forsake us.” Those were the last words that Darlene heard from him. With that encouragement in her heart, she survived her terrible captivity, and the agony of her husband’s passing. She lived to witness of God’s faithfulness. The entire book is a wonderful read about the love of God.

  1. Deuteronomy 28:3-4 says:

I will proclaim the name of the Lord;
    how glorious is our God!
He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect.
    Everything he does is just and fair.
He is a faithful God who does no wrong;
    how just and upright he is!

God is the “Rock.” He is the One to whom you can always turn. He is always faithful. He always does what is right—even when it doesn’t make sense to our human understanding. God is operating from his eternal viewpoint, and “working all things together for our good” (Romans 8:28).

Illustration: After World War II ended and Missionary Darlene was released from prison, the doctor who had attended her husband in his final days shared with Darlene details about his passing. The doctor (a fellow prisoner) related that they discovered Russell had a heart condition—probably from his many strenuous years on the mission field, prior to the War. It was his heart that finally gave out while he was imprisoned. In the book, Darlene shared that she came to realize the mercifulness of God in sparing him much suffering. She mused that, had Russell lived through the War, he would have endured much more suffering and may still have died an early death due to his heart issue. (This was long before heart issues were more manageable.) She believed and testified that God had truly done what was best by her husband.

  1. God will be faithful to you all the way to the end of your life. Then, he will carry you over to eternity where you will “dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6).
  2. It means that God is always for you.

Romans 8

31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  1. God accepts you – why He made you and He makes no mistakes.

Joke – Now, sometimes we kind of insult God’s creation because we don’t take care of ourselves. We have no one to blame but ourselves for that. This reminds me of a joke. A husband said to his wife, “Aww, but honey, I am still tired from my cross-fit this morning.” She replied, “It isn’t cross-fit, it is pronounced croissant and you had 4 of them.”

  1. God believes in your worth.

Isaiah 41 says:
“But as for you, Israel my servant,
    Jacob my chosen one,
    descended from Abraham my friend,
I have called you back from the ends of the earth,
    saying, ‘You are my servant.’
For I have chosen you
    and will not throw you away.
10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

  1. It is never too late to start over in God’s love. Isn’t it amazing how a little romance will encourage us? Try falling in love with God. That will change your life for the better!
  • It means that God always listens to you – Deut. 33:26-27 says:

26 “There is no one like the God of Israel.
    He rides across the heavens to help you,
    across the skies in majestic splendor.
27 The eternal God is your refuge,
    and his everlasting arms are under you.
He drives out the enemy before you;
    he cries out, ‘Destroy them!’

  1. God listens, God helps, God holds! You can’t beat that!
  2. God does what is best for you!

Darlene Rose tells of being put on death row – sentenced to die for her faith. She said, “Never had I known such terror. Suddenly I found that I was singing a song that I had learned as a little girl in Sunday School in Boone, Iowa:

Fear not, little flock,

Whatever your lot,

He enters all rooms,

The doors being shut.

He never forsakes,

He never is gone,

So count on his presence

From darkness to dawn.

Only believe, only believe,

All things are possible, only believe.

So tenderly my Lord wrapped His strong arms of quietness and calm about me. I knew they could lock me in, but they couldn’t lock my wonderful Lord out (underline added). Jesus was there in the cell with me.

  1. It means that God defends you – Deut. 33:29 says:

29 How blessed you are, O Israel!
    Who else is like you, a people saved by the Lord?
He is your protecting shield
    and your triumphant sword!
Your enemies will cringe before you,
    and you will stomp on their backs!”

  1. Satan has no claim to your life. He has had to file a “quit claim.” Jesus wrote him a “cease and desist” letter when he rose from the grave – putting Satan to an open shame.
  2. God is protecting you in his love. Just read Psalm 34:7!
  3. As God said to Abram in Genesis 15: “[He is] your victory and your exceeding great reward.”



So what is the proper response to this amazing love of God? What should we do? Moses reminds us of the proper response:

Deuteronomy 33:3

The Lord loves his people
    and protects those who belong to him.
So we bow at his feet
    and obey his commands.

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