The Importance and Necessity of Obedience

Scripture: Deuteronomy 6 – 8.  

OBSERVATION
(Key verses)

Deuteronomy 8:11-18 (NLT)

11 “But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the LORD your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today.

12 For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in,

13 and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful!

14 Do not become proud at that time and forget the LORD your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.

15 Do not forget that he led you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, where it was so hot and dry. He gave you water from the rock!

16 He fed you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you for your own good.

17 He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’

18 Remember the LORD your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

Throughout the three chapters noted above, there is a common theme – Obedience, and the importance of it. As I read verses 11-18 I was reminded of how true and applicable the same warnings are for us today. I was directed to a commentary that really touched my heart in its explanation of obedience and I want to simply share that with you this morning:

In times of plenty, we often take credit for our prosperity and become proud that our own hard work and cleverness have made us rich. It is easy to get so busy collecting and managing wealth that we push God right out of our lives. But it is God who gives us everything we have, and it is God who asks us to manage it for Him. Deuteronomy 8:1 tells us to obey God’s commandments. We do this by obeying God with…

OUR HEART – By loving him more than any relationship, activity, achievement, or possession

OUR WILL – By committing ourselves completely to him

OUR MIND – By seeking to know him and his Word, so his principles and values form the foundation of all we think and do

OUR BODY – By recognizing that our strengths, talents, and sexuality are given to us by God to be used for pleasure and fulfillment according to his rules, not ours

OUR FINANCES – By deciding that all of the resources we have ultimately come from God, and that we are to be managers of them and not owners

OUR FUTURE – By deciding to make service to God and man the main purpose of our life’s work

PRAYER
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Dear Lord I have been reminded of the importance of obeying You and Your commands. It is so easy to give lip service and say that we will obey, but yet as Your Word so aptly says: as soon as we get over the hump; as soon as our dire need is met; as soon as our emergency is over, we quickly return to a mode of pride in all that ‘we’ can do ourselves. Please forgive me for being so independent and for taking my eyes off You. Thank You for always being there for me. Thank You for Your outstretched hand to help me in all of life’s circumstances. Please help me to always be obedient to Your Word, for Your ways are not my ways, and Your ways are truly perfect in every way. Lord, I praise You for watching out for me and directing my daily path. May I be obedient in every aspect of my life so that my life might truly be a living testimony of the Savior that loved me so much that He gave up His greatest treasure, His only Son, so that I may one day join Him in heaven for all eternity. Thank You Lord Jesus!

 

**Words underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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