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Ki Tavo(Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8)

Live In Yesterday's Belief

In this week's Torah portion, Moses reminds the Jewish people of the miraculous events they experienced while in Egypt and the desert. And after reiterating all that occurred, Moses adds:

"But God did not give you a heart to know, or eyes to see, or ears to hear until this day." (Deuteronomy, 29:3)


A LIFE LESSON

Even though the Jewish people had all personally experienced all the phenomenal miracles first-hand, Moses declared that they actually didn't actually know, see or hear any of it until right now. The reason behind Moses saying this will prove to be a powerful gateway in our own lives.

How many times have you looked back on some of your previous behavior in complete awe and astonishment as to how it was you could have acted a certain way? Just about all of us who look at a picture of our hairstyle in our high school or college yearbook will shriek, "What was I thinking?!"

The reason there is such a difference in how we view things now as opposed to how we saw them when they were unfolding is that all of our actions in the past were based upon the life experiences we had until that point. So years later - after having experienced and lived through so much more - we now have entirely new and different frame of reference upon which to base our decisions. And these decisions will often be radically different than the ones we initially made.

Moses wanted the Jewish people to understand this life-changing principle. Even though they had all witnessed and lived through countless miracles, in the future they'll always have more and more life experiences to add into their mental equation as they reflect on these memories. And this means they'll probably have a lower level of belief and conviction as to God's presence than they have right now.

The fact is, the moment something happens in our lives, we all have crystal clear clarity as to what has just occurred. But as time goes by, we look back on these same events with a new perspective and can dramatically change our belief of these events. We now have more experiences in our lives and will therefore look at back with an entirely different set of eyes than we had when those events first happened.

There are times when we have seen God's hand so clearly in our lives. We feel God totally in control and guiding us in the right direction. But as time goes on, we forget the solid, strong and unwavering belief we had.

Moses didn't want the Jewish people ever to look back on the miraculous events they experienced and lose the awesome clarity they had of God's existence and the love He has for them.

And that's the life-changing message for all of us. Think back to a time in your life when you knew God performed a miracle for you. And as you reflect on this event, also know that "God did not give you a heart to know, or eyes to see, or ears to hear until this day." It's when you're able to bridge the natural gap in your belief and trust in God from where you are today to how you felt back then, that you truly will have embraced Moses' instructions and be able to live each day in an unbelievable, blissful spiritual reality.

Published: September 2, 2006

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Visitor Comments: 8

(8) Anonymous, September 4, 2012 4:20 PM

so amazing and inspiring

(7) Scott Granowski, September 4, 2009 7:42 PM

Until This Day

Thank you for your column's meditation on wakefulness. It also helps me clarify the sense that we are all doing the best we can, because we lack the heart, the eyes and the ears until that particular day that God determines.

(6) Andy, September 3, 2009 2:38 PM

what was miraculous seemed normal

"Even though they had all witnessed and lived through countless miracles" If one defines miracle as a violation of normal laws of nature by some supernatural entity or unknown, outside force, then there seems to be no proof of miracles today. That said if someone left Egypt at age 3 and 6 days a week for 40 years the manna fell from the sky he would see that as just as normal as sunrise. In hindsight when it ceased he may appreciate the miracle involved

(5) fernande cohen, September 1, 2009 6:20 PM

exceptional

just something i was discussing between and Hashem today. incredible..but true...i was remembering the old days, and when the kids were young...and i was asking Hashem to forgive us with what we did wrong with them...and it seems all so foolish now ..the aggravation for little mistakes they did..and we as parents thought that it was so BIG...and now after almost 40 years...we look at thing sooooooooooooo differently and that s why we are such gooooood grand parents ... well thank you ..reading your life lesson was a message from Hashem ...i am moved

(4) Michael, August 31, 2009 12:36 AM

Looking back at the past is a bit scary.

Your article was a real eye-opener for me. I knew things in the past that I had done were stupid compared to how I would have done things knowing what I know now, but the way you stated it all brought it into perfect clarity for me. So many things in the past we would like to change, but is it not a wonderful thing knowing that God Almighty knows us so well that He will love and cherish us, never abandoning us no matter how ridiculously foolish we behave at certain times in our lives?

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