Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Deuteronomy 28:6 -- On Listening to God

"And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God."
Deuteronomy 28:6

A good reminder that our blessings are based on us listening to the Lord and taking his advice.  Just like a road map (or GPS device) doesn't do us any good if we don't actually refer to it or follow its directions, God's plan for our salvation and happiness won't do us any good if we don't follow it.  And yet, so often, we think we can figure the way out ourselves, or that knowing the plan is enough, and following it is optional.  We get caught in the pride trap, thinking that we are above all of this obedience stuff, when actually we're like children trying to run away from home with no inkling of how things really work, or how dangerous things could be for us.

Today, let's remember that our blessings are predicated on listening to and following the Lord, and let's try to take that seriously.  God really does know how things work so much better than we do, and listening to his advice can only help us.  He is trying to save us from the trouble and pain we will experience if we strike out without considering his suggestions.

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