But those who ignored the word of the LORD left their slaves and livestock in the field. Exodus 9:21
Ignorance is something that a lot of people like to have. They like to ignore the rules and commands that are given. Many will think that they are above the law or it does not affect them.
This action can often be seen in cities near the ocean when there is a warning of an incoming hurricane or major disastrous storm. The government will give a warning for people to leave the area for safety. Most people will leave, but there are some who do not fear the storm and think that they can weather it out safely. They refuse to follow the instructions to leave the area. Many times their homes are destroyed, some will lose their lives because they chose to ignore the command.
God had given a warning of an incoming hail storm over all of Egypt. Those who listened to God and feared Him, brought in all their slaves and livestock to safety. Those who ignored God, did not bring them into safety. The storm did come and destroyed a lot in its path, just as God had warned.
People often ignore the words of God, hoping that His word will not really occur as He said it would. For those who are not believers, this can be expected, however, many believers do the very same action. They ignore God’s word.
This can be seen in believers who choose to continue to live in sinful way. They continue to pursue a sin that God has warned them not to do. They don’t even attempt to stop sinning in a given area of their life. This is ignoring God’s commands to stop sinning and to turn to Him.
Sinning like this, is often done because they believe God will have grace upon them. Yet, the sin is done on willful purpose, ignoring God’s command.
Take a moment to examine your life and see if you are guilty of ignoring God’s commands. Where are you allowing sin in your life on purpose, refusing to change and live for God?
There is a coming judgment. If you fear God, you will know that His word is true. You will take the time to strive to turn from all sin. You will allow God to change you.
Are you ignoring or following God’s commands for your life?
I pray today that you will know what God’s commands are for you; that you will live your whole life for God; that you will not live in sin against God; and that you will not ignore any of God’s commands.
Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor. Exodus 6:9
Discouragement occurs when things go bad on a consistent basis and don’t ever seem to get better. People try and try to change the situation, but it does not change. If it keeps up long enough, people get discouraged and want to quit. They cannot believe in the possibility of things getting better. They begin to expect hardship and turmoil.
It is difficult to encourage someone who is discouraged. All the person can see is the mountain and trouble in front of their eyes. His eyes are blinded to the truth or any change than can occur.
The Israelites had been under slavery for 400 hundred years. All they, their parents, their grand-parents and great grand-parents have ever known is slavery. They had been crying out to God for a rescue. When God began to answer, the enemy doubled down on the fight to hold them.
Through Moses, God told them that He would release them. Yet, they would not listen to that word, because they were discouraged. Everything was going from bad to worse. How could anything get better? It appeared that God and Moses had made things worse. They were discouraged.
Many people in this world and some believers have this type of view on life. They cannot see beyond the troubles that are in front of them. They allow discouragement to overcome in their lives and keep them down, rather than allowing God to come in and strengthen them and release them from the hands of the enemy.
The enemy will not release a person quickly or easily. The world does not want to lose anyone to God. So the world will fight back. Satan will double up on holding a believer or non-believer down.
There may be times you attempt to encourage someone who is discouraged and being beaten down or you may be in that place yourself. Look up to God and trust His word to you. God has great plans for you.
No matter what the world can throw at you, God will win in the end. In the end you will be brought into the promised land–heaven for all eternity with God.
Do not allow yourself to get discouraged and stop hearing God’s word for your life. Do not let discouragement win, but let God’s word in your life win.
I pray today that you will know God’s word for your life; that God will remove discouragement from your life; that you will allow God to pull you through the troubles of this life; and that you will live in victory through Jesus and God’s Holy Spirit.
Joshua 1:8 New International Version (NIV)
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. Hebrews 2:1
Driving down a road requires that a person pays attention to what is going on. He must keep an eye on the road signs for warnings or directions. He must also keep an eye on the road for anything in the road or changes in the road’s direction. He must also keep an eye on anything that may be on the side of the road that may come into the roadway.
Daydreaming, looking at cell phones, staring at scenery or signs are some ways that a person looses attention in the road and what he is doing. He begins to drift to one side of the road or the other and loses control. If one does not pay attention as he drives, he will very likely end up in an accident.
Life works in the same way. There are road signs in life as to how a person should live. The best way to live is the way that has been proven since eternity past–the path God has laid out since before the creation of this world.
God has a path laid out for every person on this earth. Whether a person chooses to follow that path or not is up to each individual. Believers have chosen to follow God.
However, if a person is not paying attention to the path he is on, he will drift off. It is easy for a person to stop following Jesus and follow this world. This will cause a drifting into sin and away from God.
God’s word lays out all of the signs on how to live on this earth. God has also given His Holy Spirit to guide the believer in what to say and do or not say and do.
Keep your eyes on God and His word. Keep your ears open to the guidance of His Holy Spirit. As you do these things you will be paying attention to God, His Word and His Holy Spirit. As you pay attention, you will stay on the path God has for you. You will not drift off of the path God has laid out for you.
Ask yourself each day, and throughout the day, are you paying attention to God?
Or are you paying attention to this world and self only?
I pray today that you will know the path God has for you; that you will know God’s word for your life; that you will pay attention to what God is saying; and that God will keep you on His path for all eternity.