What a great chapter! One of my favorite chapters in the Bible! Read it carefully.
The theme of this chapter is Obedience to God.
Be Careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today… (v.1)
Obey the commands of the LORD your God by walking in His ways and fearing Him. (v.6)
Obey God’s commands
God gives us commands and expects us to obey them. Not in any way to earn His approval – that was done at the Cross through Jesus – but to honor Him and to make our lives better. Things always work better when you do them God’s Way!
What commands of God are you ignoring and doing life your own way?
What immediately comes to your mind and convicts you when I ask that question?
Walk in His ways
This means we are to live like Jesus. Remember the question that was popular a few years back? What would Jesus do? Where would Jesus go? What would Jesus say? To walk in His ways means to walk as He would – in His footsteps.
What are some ways that you’ve been walking in your own path rather than that of Jesus?
This doesn’t mean we are to be afraid of God – simply respect Him. Not afraid of what He will do because of our sin – but afraid of what our sin will do to Him. He loves and only has the best in mind for us (Jeremiah 29:11).
In what ways have you ignored God and disrespected Him by your words or actions?
God reminds His wandering children – if you obey my commands I will bless you lives (v.7-9). The same is true for us. God’s grace is amazing – but He will not continue to bless disobedience in our lives.
Verses 10-18 give us a solemn warning – When you’re living in God’s blessings – don’t forget God. It’s so easy to forget when things are going well. Don’t do it! Remember where it comes from and Who to thank.
Have you forgotten God during your time of plenty?
Do you need to remember Him again and give Him the praise He deserves for all He’s given you?
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor