Deuteronomy 5:28-29 More Than Just Words

The LORD heard you when you spoke to me, and the LORD said to me, “I have heard what this people said to you. Everything they said was good. Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever! Deuteronomy 5:28-29

God was going to meet with the people on the mountain of Sinai. As the time came to do that, the people became afraid and wanted Moses to talk to God alone. The people said they would follow everything Moses tells them.

God says that He heard their answer and that it was a good answer. He then adds that He desires their hearts to fear Him and keep all of His commands. It was stated in a way that makes it seem like He did not expect it to happen, but hoped it would.

People make promises all the time. Everywhere you go you will see them. People promise family members something, workers promise the bosses, the bosses promise the workers, and politicians promise the people things. Yet, often many of those promises are broken.

One area that people like to make promises is with God. They are going through a bad situation in life and so they promise God that if He gets them through it they will serve Him their whole life in some way.

Very commonly there is no real fear of God and the promise that they made. Within days after the situation is resolved, their promises are forgotten or excused out.

When you respect God and follow all of His commands it will go well with you forever. This does not mean that there will be no troubles, it means that God will be with you in them and get you through them.

Do not allow yourself to put God on a shelf. When you make a promise, make your words more than just words, put them into action.  Live for God as you say you want to or as you promised God you would.

I pray today that you will have a healthy fear of God; that you will obey all that God tells you; that you will fulfill all your promises to God; that your heart will follow God’s heart; and that many will see Jesus through you.


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