Job 36:11-12 (KJV) “If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.”
The Lord had brought Israel out of slavery by a strong and mighty hand, they had seen God’s wonders in Egypt and at the red sea and were journeying through the wilderness to possess the land God promised to them for an inheritance; a land flowing with milk and honey.
All the while, their part had been to simply obey God’s instructions. At the Passover, when God slew all the firstborns in Egypt, they were spared by simply obeying. They plundered Egypt and went away with great spoil by obeying God and when confronted with crossing the red sea; a feat humanly impossible, they crossed over by simply obeying.
Then at Horeb, the Lord said to them, “Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the seaside, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates. Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.” (Deuteronomy 1:7-8 KJV). This time around, they didn’t obey, they chose to send spies to the land and complain. The result was forty years of wandering in the wilderness and ultimately, the death of everyone involved in that disobedience (Numbers 14:32-34).
Just the way the Israelites prospered when they obeyed, you also will prosper when you obey. But, when you choose to be wise in your own eyes by adding or taking away from God’s instructions and commandments, you stand the chance of wandering in the wilderness of life.
Go into today knowing that, all God requires from you is obedience. Be strong and very courageous, be careful to obey God’s instructions; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go (Joshua 1:7).
Prayer: Ask the Lord for the spirit of obedience.
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