Sometimes it is easy to forget the lessons that can be learned by reading the Old Testament. Recently I have rediscovered the treasure trove to be found in the Book of Deuteronomy while making my way through my Chronological Bible.
OBEDIENCE has been the key theme the last few days. What is it about the word “obedience” that throws us off? Perhaps abuse in the past where obedience = subjugation?
Sister, OUR FATHER does not want obedience to Him to be something we fear or loathe. Obedience to HIM is sweet. It is enriching to our lives and it is a blessing.
Deuteronomy 6:2 tells us, “If you obey all His decrees and commands, you will enjoy a long life.
Deuteronomy 11: 8 says, “Therefore, be careful to obey every command I am giving you today, so you may have strength to go in and take over the land you are about to enter.”
Whatever that “land” is whether it be losing weight or overcoming an addiction or surviving an abusive relationship…God promises us that our obedience to Him will give us victory.
Listen to the words of Deuteronomy 11: 22, ” Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you. Show love to the Lord your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to Him.”
If that does not give you a visual of how God wants a relationship with YOU…not to overpower and control you…but a true and deep relationship with you – I don’t know what does. He wants us to obey Him to show him our love to Him. He craves our love and to spend time with us and for us to hold on to Him tightly for survival.
Deuteronomy 10: 12 – 13 tells us that God requires 5 things of us:
- Fear Him
- Please Him
- Love Him
- Serve Him
- Obey Him
This is our part of the big picture of our lives. If we do our part, He promises He will do His. So cease striving to control your life or your situation. Stop meddling in God’s promises to you.
Do your part and THEN…WATCH WHAT OUR GOD CAN DO! Let Go & Let God!