108. Make God your first priority

Moses was delivering his last and final speech to the Israelites and it is recorded here in Deuteronomy. One of the things that stand out for me is that he time and again urges the Israelites to continue to follow and obey the Lord. He repeated it a number of times in his speech. For example:

"So be careful not to break the covenant the Lord your God has made with you." Deuteronomy 4:23 

"Stay on the path that the Lord your God has commanded you to follow. Then you will live long and prosperous lives in the land you are about to enter and occupy." Deuteronomy 5:33

"If you obey all His laws and commands, you will enjoy a long life." Deuteronomy 6:2

Moses urged them to obey God and not to wander off the road that He had planned for them. Moses knew how serious it was if they disobeyed God and followed their own path. He knew that God would then have to punish them and that His perfect plan for them would not come to pass. He clearly states that in Deuteronomy 4:26,27:

"If you disobey me, you will quickly disappear from the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy. You will live there only a short time; then you will be certainly destroyed. For the Lord will scatter you among the nations, where only a few of you will survive."

God had such wonderful good plans for the Israelites, but due to their disobedience, they threw it away and were exiled from the land of plenty.

And today we can learn this lesson as well. God has good plans for us as well, He really does, but sometimes we throw it away due to our disobedience. Mostly we follow our own heads and the advice of those around us and we are so busy living, that we tend to forget to ask God's guidance on issues in our lives. And even if we do ask His guidance, we are sometimes so open and vulnerable to others' ideas that we do not follow His advice.

If we want to move and live in the Lord's plans for our lives, we need to sit still and ask His advice. We need to get confirmation of what we believe He said to us and then of course we need to obey. That is the most important thing. The Israelites knew without any doubt what was expected of them, and yet they ignored God and His ways. And we shouldn't make the same mistake. If you know what to do, do it. And if you are uncertain what God's will in a specific situation is, then make sure that you honour Him in your actions, that you make time for Him and that you follow His principles of love. You cannot go wrong if you make God your primary concern.

Seek His face in all you do. He wants to be part of your life.

Father God, please help us to obey and follow You in all aspects of our lives. We want to seek Your face in all our endeavours, as we know that Your ways are always good. You have a plan for each of us, and we want to live inside Your Will. In Jesus Name. Amen

1 comment for “108. Make God your first priority”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Friday, 31 October 2014 at 10:09:17 AM

    This makes me think of Jer 29:11
    "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
    Let Him do it.

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