Jackson (11), Marshall (7), Gianna (4), and their mother and father (me) have had plenty of opportunities this summer to talk about obedience. This seems to be a daily topic that usually ends up in a consequence or situation that allows us all to learn. When I think about my children and how they think they know what they want until things don’t go their way, they throw a fit when things don’t go as planned. (I know we all have been there. ) As a principal and a coach, I also get additional time to speak to players and students about their decisions and their lack of obedience at times. These are all moments that help shape our lives. Moments of molding that help decide future decisions. The thought would be that a household of educators would make this obedience command easier. The phrase first-time listening is used often.
5 See, I have taught you statutes and rules, as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should do them in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. 6 Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
Today’s Reading of Deuteronomy 4;1-14 shows Moses talking with the Israelites. Moses points them back to the 10 Commandments and the reminder of obedience to the ways laid out for them. Not more, not less. I wish I could say I had steller obedience in all things. The truth is I fall victim to worldly and selfish desires as well.
As you walk along this spiritual journey, follow the path that leads to Him. (10 Commandments) – Will we get it right all the time? No. But we will try. Pray. Repent. We can keep the faith and take steps to draw closer to Him. Jennifer has posted on our mirror Romans 12:2. This verse reminds me of our audience of one we should live our life-like.
2 Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Today I pray that our Heavenly Father helps each one of us. That we feel Your presence as we navigate this side of Heaven. That we pray and focus diligently on avoiding worldly pleasures. Thankfully we have a God that is bigger than any of our worldly desires.
In his final years, the writer Amazing Grace, John Newton, wrote, ” I am an amazing sinner, But Jesus is a better saver, “
We all can lean into this message as we work on our obedience today.