"I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels. Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways! I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries. The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever. He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.” (Psalms 81:10-16)
Today’s Morsel: In today’s world, there seems to be a lack of teaching children obedience. School administers, teachers, law enforcement, and pastors are having to deal with this evil of disobedience. Benjamin Franklin said, “Let your child’s first lesson be that of obedience.” One of the problems with disobedience is that it hinders the flow of God’s blessings and stifles people success. When we read scripture, we can see how God rewards those who are obedient to His word versus those who are not. The entire 28th Chapter of the Book of Deuteronomy, written by Moses, shows the contrast between obedience and disobedience. When King Saul refused to obey God’s command, he lost his kingdom and others as well as himself suffered. You see, your disobedience doesn’t only affect you. The Lord said, “Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways! I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.” God said, if they had just listened and done what I said, I would have defeated their enemies for them. Do you have any enemies today? What about fears, calamities, afflictions, or distresses? Do you want them defeated and removed from your life? Try being obedient to the Lord. What will it take for us to realize the importance of obedience. Obedience is how God works.
Sing: Trust and obey, for there’s no other way; to be happy in Jesus, than to trust and obey.
Thought For Today: “Let your child’s first lesson be that of obedience.” Benjamin Franklin