Tuesday, March 17, 2009
But if your heart turns...
“But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and fi you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.” Deuteronomy 30:3
God is straight forward. You really don’t need a Master’s degree to know what to do for God. He gives the commands and we have a choice, follow, or not to follow. It’s not that hard. But here we see that it is important to follow and to make sure that your heart is in it all the way. God knew that one day the descendants of the Israelites would turn away from Him. He knew that one day the kids would hear the stories and it would just be regulated to mythical belief. He knew that it would one day be that the God who did all the miracles during this time would be forgotten in the history books of their culture. Shouldn’t surprise anyone, it happens. History has proven it, that as cultures develop, somethings get left behind. Here in this chapter, there is a warning, do not get left behind.
Reading this it makes me kind of frustrated to see that I do this all the time. My heart for God turns and then I don’t obey. However, I know that this isn’t right. I know that I do not want to live a mediocre life. I want my life to be filled with purpose and with meaning. But the key is to get my heart set on God an not to let it stray from the left or the right. Following a heart that does not turn, it needs to be reinforced by obedience. That is the key, dedication of the heart and the action of obedience. One and two. I need both.
Lord often I am good with one and not the other. Sometimes I am on fire for you, but my actions do not show that. Sometimes my actions are good, but my heart behind it is sour. Lord here I see that I need both to survive, and I need both to grow daily with you.