Archive for July 31st, 2009

Deuteronomy 5

Deuteronomy 5 is a refresher on the 10 commandments.  But there are three key words that Moses uses as he reviews and summarizes the basic commandments:

  1. “Listen
  2. Learn
  3. Live”

We are told to listen carefully to God’s direction.  We won’t know what to do or how to live if we don’t pay attention and hear God’s voice by reading His Word, praying and seeking His face.  We must tune in and hear God and much of what we need to hear has already been given to us in the Bible.  We just need to get in the Book and read it.  He goes on to challenge the people to learn the commands – to really understand what God wants from us.  We have to dig and have clarity in how to live a life that is pleasing to God – to become people that are godly and holy and becoming like Jesus.  It doesn’t happen because we listen – that is step one.  From there we need to learn, and teach to others, what God’s truth means in our lives.  Moses tells the people “don’t ever forget”. If we truly learn, we never will forget.  God’s desire for our lives will continually be front and center.  Moses also says “don’t veer off to the right or the left.  Walk straight down the road God commands”.  That is clear direction in how we need to live.  God wants us following what we have heard and learned.  It is our guide for pleasing Him and experiencing His grace and love.  We need to follow it closely and stay on track with His direction.  It isn’t good to go off the edge into the weeds away from His direction.  God has given us a path, we need to walk there.

 He tells us the reason here as well.  Check it out: “revere me and always keep my commands….they’d have a good life forever….they and their children”.  Bottom line is that God has a perfect plan for us.  He has given us direction through His Word, He speaks to us through the Holy Spirit and prayer, He wants us to learn so we can live in a way that pleases Him.  When we do it right – obediently following His plan for us – good things happen.  Obedience yields blessing.  It is fundamental to walking with God.  We can’t ignore His direction, plug our ears, do it our way, and then seek Him to bless us the way we desire.  It doesn’t work like that.  We are blessed when we are walking in obedience with Him.  Are you listening?  If so, are you learning what God’s truth means in your life?  And finally, are you living what He has told you and taught you to be His plan for your life?  Listen, learn, live – that is God’s three steps to achieve His “good life” for each of us.  Life matters – it determines a whole lot so we need to live it wisely.

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