The Honors Program

Dr. David Miller, Exodus 34:12 Devotional

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Exodus 34:12 – Watch yourself that you make no covenant with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going, or it will become a snare in your midst.

This passage comes on the heels of God making a covenant with Moses and the Israelites (Ex. 24), Aaron overseeing the fashioning of the golden calf (Ex. 32), Moses’ and God’s anger about the people’s disobedience (Ex. 32-33), and God’s attempt to reconcile the relationship after Moses’ intercession (Ex. 34). Yes, the people were rescued from their slavery in Egypt and had been promised a land flowing with milk and honey. But the Egyptian life and society are still engrained in their systems. “You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy.” This is a problem for God. He wants His people to be set aside for His purposes, and that cannot happen if they live and think like Egyptians. That is why He warned them here, in verse 12. This warning is relevant for us as well. Does your thinking align more with Scripture or with the world? Do you dress like them, talk like them, or follow their trends? Do you listen to their music, watch their movies/TV shows, or play their video games? Has anyone ever asked you, “Why are you different from everyone else?” We fool ourselves much easier than we fool others. Regardless of what you think of yourself, if you look like the world, sound like the world, and act like the world, the world will think you are one of their own. Avoid those snares and try looking more like Jesus, sounding more like the Savior, and acting more like God’s Son. That is what God uses to fulfill His purposes, and, better yet, it makes Him smile too. 

David Miller, is the Associate Dean for the traditional program, assistance professor of Bible and theology, Director of the honors program.

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