Topic: Doing What He Says [September 4, 2016]
Read: Deuteronomy 5:28–33, Bible in a Year: Psalms 143–145; 1 Corinthians 14:21–40
Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you. Deuteronomy 5:33
I needed an underground water tank and knew precisely how I wanted it constructed, so I gave clear instructions to the builder. The next day when I inspected the project, I was annoyed when I realized that he had failed to carry out my instructions. He had changed the plan and therefore the effect. The excuse he gave was as irritating as his failure to follow my directives.
As I watched him redo the concrete work, and as my frustration diminished, a guilty conviction swept over me: How many times have I needed to redo things in my life in obedience to the Lord?
Like the ancient Israelites who frequently failed to do what God asked them to do, we too often go our own way. Yet obedience is a desired result of our deepening relationship with God. Moses told the people, “Be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you . . . . Walk in obedience to all that [he] has commanded you” (Deut. 5:32–33). Long after Moses, Jesus urged His disciples to trust Him and to love one another.
This is still the kind of surrender of our hearts that leads to our well-being. As the Spirit helps us to obey, it is good to remember that He “works in [us] to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” (Phil. 2:13).
Prayer: Lord, thank You for second and third chances. Please help us to want to follow Your ways and to follow through in obedience.
This message was written by Lawrence Darmani [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]