God Wants Obedience


“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:15-20.

God is not required to conform to our own values, vices, preferences and peccadillos. He is God. He is the creator of everything. His order is the one to be established. Expect the wicked, rebellious and unbelieving not to like it.

As God’s people take the land, it is important to remember that they were God’s instrument of judgment on vile idolators. They did not do it perfectly, but they were on God’s mission. It was only after they forgot God’s mission and became idolators themselves that God brought the same judgment on them.

Most Americans forgot God’s mission to them a long time ago. That mission was to preach the gospel, make disciples, and teach them to obey all that Jesus taught us. We must relearn it or be removed.

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