Deuteronomy 13:4 What You Must Do

Two paths

It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. Deuteronomy 13:4

Going through life brings many different choices that must be made. Questions as often asked as to what a person should do. There are thousands of different paths that a person can take, and choosing the correct one is often a hard choice for many to make.

Each path as different points that are good and bad. Most people do not want to make the wrong choice. Yet, the majority of the people in this world do make the wrong choice.

The reality of the matter is that it is only one real choice of two paths to make. Every other choice falls under one of those two paths that a person chooses. There is the path of following self or the world, and the path of following God.

Moses tells the people that they must follow God. In the process of following God they must revere, obey, serve and hold fast to Him. There is to be no other gods in the life of a person.

The question is then often asked, how does following God answer every other choice to be made? If a person is following God, He will lead him in the right direction every time. The choice is no longer left up to the person, but up to God to be made.

Around the verse, the people are told to love God with everything in them and to obey Him in every way. This puts God first in the life of the person. God is the one who knows the choices to be made. Believers must trust His choices and directions. Every choice God makes is for the benefit of the believer and for His kingdom. It is a win-win situation.

Trusting that you are a believer and believe in God, you must also make a choice. How much are you willing to trust and obey God? Are you willing to serve God with everything that is in you?

Hold on to God with all that is within you. God is there for you and is not against you. He wants only what is best for you. However, it is up to you to follow, obey, serve, honor and hold fast to Him.

Now you know what you must do, so start doing it.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow God alone; that you will serve and obey God with your whole life; and that you will allow God to make the choices in your life. 

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Deuteronomy 9:23 Being Rebellious

Rebellious child

And when the LORD sent you out from Kadesh Barnea, he said, “Go up and take possession of the land I have given you.” But you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God. You did not trust or obey him. Deuteronomy 9:23

The thought of rebellion brings up the thoughts of teenagers, motorcycle gangs, people dressed in weird ways, and those are always fighting against someone. It is seldom thought of as just people refusing to do something that they are supposed to do.

Simply put, rebellion, is going against the rules that are set in place. While most people do not think of themselves as rebellious, being rebellious is a very common trait among humans. Driving down the road shows that over half of the people are rebellious. These are good, high society people who are rebellious. Very few people follow the rules of the land by going the speed limit. It is a rebellion against the government.

Moses tells that the Israelites had rebelled against God in the taking of the land as He told them to do. They refused to obey or trust Him and lived in rebellion against God.

Most believers do not think of themselves as rebellious, especially against God, yet many are. How many believers actually believe God’s word to them and act accordingly?

God’s word tells every believer that he should be a witness, yet, many believers never tell someone about Jesus. God tells believers that path He wants them to take, yet, they turn down a different path. These actions are done out of fear. They do not trust God’s word or the people, so they do not do what God asks them to do. They are being rebellious.

Any person who does not trust and obey God, is being rebellious. He is fighting against what God desires. Yet, God only desires the best for each and every person who follows Him.

Think about your life. Like most you probably don’t think about yourself as a rebellious person. However ask yourself how many times have you refused to do what God as asked of you, or showed hatred toward someone instead of love, or refused to be a witness to those around you, or you feared the situation, rather than trust God?

Do not allow yourself to be rebellious, but trust and obey God. God loves you and only wants the best for you, so trust and obey Him, rather than be a rebellious person.

I pray today that you will know what God wants of you; that you will trust God’s word for your life; that you will do what God wants you to do; and that you will never rebel against God and His word.

Deuteronomy 8:2 The Reason For Tests

Taking a test

Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. Deuteronomy 8:2

Very few people like to go through testing. It is often a time of high anxiety and fear. The higher the importance of the test, the higher the level of fear and worry a person may have.

Testing usually determines what is next in the life of a person. If the person passes the test, he can move on to the next level in whatever field the test was for. If he fails the test, he steps back and either quits or has to re-take the test.

While the common thought of what a test is, is that it is a written test, the majority of tests people take are not written down. They are tests of character. When a person is working for someone, the boss is testing the person by watching how he works and reacts to things. This is done to determine if the person can get a promotion.

Moses tells the Israelites to remember what they went through in the wilderness. That time of wandering was a test from God. It was an unwritten test to determine what was in their hearts and how well they will follow God’s commands.

Even to this day God still tests people. Even though He already knows what is in their hearts, He tests them to see how they will react to situations and how well they will obey God. Although with God, He gives the answers to the test. He tells people how to act and follow Him. All a person needs to do is obey God’s commands and he will pass the test. Once a person passes God’s test, God will move him forward to the next level.

Think about the hard times in your life, the times of being in a wilderness. Those times are there to help build you up. They are a test to determine how well you will follow God.

Each time you are tested by God, you have to make a choice. Will you follow God’s commands in the situation? Or will you follow the ways of this world?

Following the ways of this world, will be failure. Following God will always be passing. God can then move you up and forward.

How are you passing?

I pray today that you will know God’s commands for your life; that you will recognize the tests of God; that you will pass every test of God; and that you will follow God with all of your heart and life. 

Numbers 9:22 Waiting On God’s Order

Camping at night

Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out. Numbers 9:22

People are constantly making choices in life as to when to move forward with something or not. Opportunities arise for movement upward in position in jobs and careers and schooling. The majority look at the financial benefits and anything that looks good they grab and move quickly at every opportunity.

While in the waiting period, many people keep trying to knock on doors to move upward and forward. They do not like to sit still and wait. The thought is that life is moving quickly and they must keep moving or they will miss something in life. People are anxious to keep moving towards the goal quickly.

As the Israelites were traveling through the wilderness, God had times for them to set up camp and sit still, while other times they were to move on. The time of waiting could be a very short time, while other times it would be a long wait. They would wait until the cloud God set over them had moved.

In life there are many lessons to be taught and things to do as a believer goes down the path God has for him. When in one place, it may be there for a short time, and the lesson or job is quickly done, then God will move on to the next phase in life.

Other times, God has a person sitting in one spot for a long time. There may be a lot of work to be done there, or learning the lesson could take some time. Waiting on God to move is needed to be done.

You will see the different times of movement, as a believer, in your own life. You may feel as if God is moving too fast, or too slow. Trusting God’s timing is important and obeying His order is a requirement.

God knows when it is best to move on and when it is best to stay in one place.

God knows the lesson or work you must go through. Seek Him to know what it is and work on completing what He requires. At the perfect time, God will move on to the next phase in life.

How are you doing at obeying God’s commands to stay or move?

I pray today that you will know what God is requiring of you; that you will wait patiently on God’s timing to move; that you will complete the work God has for you to do where you are; and that you will learn all lessons God gives you.

Exodus 39:43 Do Just As God Commands

Boy studying map

Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the LORD had commanded. So Moses blessed them. Exodus 39:40

Following directions is something that a lot of people do not really like to do. The classic picture is on Christmas morning when all the gifts are opened and the child has a gift that has to be put together. The father ‘knows’ how to do it, so he does not look at the directions. Hours later the gift is still not together, because he chose not to read the directions and follow them.

It is common for people to do things their own way, rather than follow directions. People try to cut the corners on work in the workplace, because they know a better way to do it. People are quick to buck the system as they think they have the best way to do something.

Often, when directions are not followed correctly, the results are disastrous. The item does not work, things break, injuries occur, and one can get into trouble.

This does not just happen with people in this world, but also inside the church. God gives directions on what to do, how to do it, or what not to do and people tend to not follow the directions. They think that they have the best way to do it.

Moses gave some men the directions God had given him in how to build the tabernacle and everything in it. When it was completed, Moses looked at it and saw that they had done everything just as God had commanded.

God can see the bigger picture of life. He knows the perfect way to do everything and anything. He is the one who wrote the perfect rule book for every situation in life. Every believer needs to take time to know those directions and choose to follow them.

There are things God has directed you to do in your life. You have a choice to make, will you follow what God has said or will you choose to do your own thing.

If you choose to do your own way, it will not work out and it will result in failure. If you choose to follow God’s directions, you will ultimately have success in the end.

Make the choice to follow God’s directions for your life, even if it doesn’t make sense. God’s directions are best and in the end you will be blessed by following them.

I pray today that you will know what God is commanding you to do; that you will choose to do things God’s way; that you will trust God’s directions for your life; and that you will see the benefit of following God’s commands.

Exodus 4:1 What If They Don’t Listen?

people in a city

Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you’?” Exodus 4:1

Being believed or listened to does not always happen for every person. A ‘small’ person may have a chance to go before a ‘big’ person with some thoughts or an issue. Many people will think, why would that person listen to him, he is a nobody.

Very few people think that they are somebody important or that they have a message that is important enough for every person to stop and listen to. Or they may feel as if their message is not important enough for people to be willing to listen to.

God had appeared to Moses in the wilderness and told him to go back to Egypt and tell His people, the Israelites, that God is going to set them free. He was to demand Pharaoh to set the people free. Moses first question to God was what if they don’t listen or believe him.

Many believers ask that very same question. Jesus has told every believer that they are to go out into to the world and be His witness. They are to tell every person that they meet about Jesus and God’s love. In the life of a believer, God may lay it on the heart of a person to tell a specific person about Jesus.

This command is often questioned and not followed. People are quick to think that the person will not listen or will not believe. Reasons for not believing are that they know the faults of the believer or do not really know the believer.

Yet, God wants every person to be told His message. That message is that every person needs to be set free from Egypt, this world, sin. Jesus came to free every person from sin and death in this world.

Every day you will have an opportunity to be a witness to someone about Jesus. Do not be afraid that they will not believe or listen. That is between the person and God. If God leads you to an open door to be His witness, be His witness.

Trust that God is already working on that person’s heart. Moses had to go before Pharaoh ten times before He let the people go. You may have to go before a person ten times before they may believe, but give them the opportunity to believe.

I pray today that you will listen to God’s leading; that you will be a witness of Jesus every time you have the opportunity; that God will remove fear of people not believing or listening; and that God will lead you to people who will listen and believe in Jesus. 

Genesis 6:22 Follow The Instructions

 

Hispanic father and son building wooden airplane model

Noah did everything just as God commanded him. Genesis 6:22

Following instructions are not something that a lot of people like to do. People like to follow some of the instructions, as long as it is convenient, easy to do and makes sense.

Many fathers are known to toss out the instructions on how to put a new toy together for their child, because they believe that they can put it together with no help or guidance. In the end, they have a large mess and still need the instructions.

In the workplace there are many people who do not like to follow the instructions of the employer because they believe they know what is better and easier. They will try to cut corners, rather than follow the instructions, thinking that they will do a better, faster job to make look better. Yet, often, it creates a larger mess.

Instructions are given for a reason. There serve a purpose to have something done in a way that will work correctly with no problems. When putting a model airplane together, if all the instructions are not followed exactly, a part may not be able to be put in.

God had created the earth and mankind, and they had been living on the earth for some time. As a whole the people had turned their backs on God. At some point God decides to destroy everyone on the earth except Noah and his family. God tells Noah to build a large boat and gives him all the details. Noah does everything just as God commanded him. He followed all the instructions.

It may not have made any sense for Noah to build the boat. It had never flooded that much in history, people had never been destroyed before, it was difficult, and it was different. Yet, if Noah had not built it, he would have been killed in the flood.

As a believer, there will times God will give you some instructions. Sometimes it will be through some passage you read in the Bible, other times it will be through God speaking to you directly. Either way,  you need to follow those instructions.

Every instruction God gives you is in place to build you or someone else more like Jesus, or to build His kingdom. Each person needs to do his part in the right way.

Can God count on you to follow His instructions in building His kingdom?

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that God will give you strength to do His work; that God will use you to build His kingdom; and that you will be faithful in following all of God’s instructions for you.