2 Kings 17:15 Don’t Do As They Do

Geese following

They rejected His decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors and the statutes he had warned them to keep. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around them although the LORD had ordered them, “Do not do as they do.” 2 Kings 17:15 

People do not really like to be completely different from others. They like to blend in. Sometimes they like to blend in with a smaller group, while most of the time they like to blend in with the majority.

The blending in that they do, is doing what others are doing. People will often do what others do, so that they can be friends or not looked at as rebels or strange. The amount a person will do, is often determined by the pressure of others. With enough pressure, most people will do things that are wrong and the world knows how to put pressure on a person to do something.

God had told the nation of Israel to not do what the nations around them are doing. Yet they did those things anyways. Various kings would be put into position and they would follow false idols and lead the nation as the world does. After a punishment and short restoration, they would do those things again. God, after much warning and patience, destroyed the nation of Israel because of their lack of obedience.

Even today God is still warning people to not live as the world lives. He tells His people to be separate, set apart from the world. Yet, many believers try to live with one foot in the world and one foot in the church. They do the things that the world does and try to say that it is ok and God still accepts them.

Even though Jesus died on the cross and forgives sins, God still says that believers are to be holy and set apart from the world. Many believers think that the things of this world are acceptable and support them–divorce, abortion, hatred, killing, porn, violence, abuse, vulgar talk, and much more.

As a believer you are to turn away from all sin and the ways of the world. Jesus was set apart as different and you are to be the same way.

There will come a day when Jesus will come back to judge the world. He sees the heart of every person. If your heart is following the world, it will not be following Him. If you are not following Jesus, you will not be allowed into heaven.

Whose ways are you following today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the ways of God; that you will follow Jesus with your whole life; and that you will not do the ways of this world. 

 

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Deuteronomy 5:32 Do Not Turn Right Or Left

Straight Road

So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Deuteronomy 5:32

Following the commands of someone is not always fun or easy to do. Often people do not fully understand the reason for the command. Rules are often ignored or seen as suggestions, rather than a requirement.

In the workplace, there are many who will cut the corners on following the procedures for a job to be done. At the moment it looks as though everything will be acceptable and work out fine, because the rule did not make sense. Yet, later, there is often complications and problems, because a rule was not followed through.

Following the directions on a GPS is required, in order to get to the desired destination. To turn to the right or left, will cause one to get off the path, and the GPS has to constantly change the directions, thus the best path has not been taken.

After the Israelites had been given all of the commands of God through Moses, they were warned to be careful to do everything God had commanded. They were not to turn away from any of the commands for any reason.

Even though believers today are no longer under the Law as Moses and the Israelites were, they still must obey God’s commands. Each believer must still obey the commands of loving both neighbor and enemies, showing grace, showing mercy, and being a witness. These commands are not an option.

Along with those commands, God guides people today by His Holy Spirit, in what direction to take in life. God has a path for every believer to follow, and the believer must turn to the right or left off of that path.

God has a path for every person to follow, this includes you. You have a path for your life, given by God. God has commanded you to walk on the path He has for you. As you are walking that path, you must not stray off the path to the right or left.

Trust God’s directions in your life. He will not command you to do what is not best for your life and the best for His kingdom.

Do not allow yourself to be persuaded to turn to the left or right from God’s path for you. Keep a careful watch on the path God is leading you and obey all God has said to do.

I pray today that you will know the commands God has for you; that you will know the path God has for you; that you will not turn from any command God has given you; and that you will do His work on this earth.