“And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers” (Deuteronomy 6:18).
Text: Deuteronomy 6:16-19
In today’s world, many people have lost sight of the unchanging divine standards while pursuing material wealth and glory. They desire to succeed without labour and reap where they have not sown. Their quest most often ends in failure and frustration because they leave God out of the equation. Richard L. Strauss’ assertion thus proves true: “God is delighted at performing miracles for people who see themselves as part of His programme… and who live to do His will”.
Today’s Scripture reveals the simple demand of God for everyone to key into His abundant provision freely made available. These provisions include spiritual growth, health, protection, preservation, material possession, peace and many other things summarized by Apostle Peter as “all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). It is obvious therefore, that obeying God’s command is a duty and it is in our best interest.
Indeed, we will have to care less about many things in life if we give adequate and diligent attention to keeping God’s commandments. God’s promises are for those who delight in His precepts. Those who live right and do good will definitely harvest peace, prosperity and protection from Him. Although God is good to all, His promises are attached to clear conditions that should be met by those who wish to be partakers.
The prevailing chaos and crises in the world are not God’s own making but the result of the digression of man from the path of obedience to His word. The Lord still undertakes for believers who walk in obedience to His word. In the fast-paced world we live in, it is always good to pause to do self-examination and see if there is an aspect of your life where you are living in disobedience to God. If you find any, you can penitently go to Him for mercy and grace.
Thought for the day
The greatest fool is he who thinks he can outsmart God.