These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. Hear, O Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, promised you. Deuteronomy 6:1-3 (NIV)
Hear And Obey
Do you want to enjoy a long life? Do you want things to go well for you? Do you want my blessing on your life? Would you also like all these things to be true for your children and their children? Yes, I want all these things to be true not only for me but also for my children and their children. That’s good. What must I do for all this to be true for me and my children and their children? It is good and wise for you to know that much will be required of you for all these things to be true for you, your children, and their children. You have my full attention. My heart and mind are focused on you. I am listening attentively to you. That’s good. That means you are already fulfilling one of the conditions of my promise to you. What’s that? You are listening attentively to me. You are hearing my word. This you must continue to do. Everyday, my word must be before you. What then? Good question, it is not enough to only hear my word. You must obey my word. You must put my word into practice. With hearing and obeying my word you will have fulfilled two conditions of my promise. There is more? What else? You must allow my word to develop in you a healthy awe, a reverence, a respect, you can even call it a healthy fear of me. With hearing, obeying, and fearing me, you will be well on your way to living a life that I can and will bless. But there is more, isn’t there? Yes, there is more. You must teach your children to also hear and obey and fear me. You must teach your children to also teach their children to hear and obey and fear me. Do you know why teaching your children and them teaching their children is vitally important? I’m not sure. I could take a guess. Go ahead. As I teach my children to hear, obey, and fear you, two things are happening. I am reinforcing those priorities in my own heart and mind and life and I am also passing them on to my children. I will be creating a legacy of hearing and obeying and fearing you. I will be giving my children an example to follow. They in turn will be reinforcing hearing and obeying and fearing you in their own hearts and minds and lives as well as they pass it on to their own children. Yes, in doing so, your life, your children’s lives and their children’s lives will all be blessed by me. That is what I want. That is what we will all do. That will be very good.
Lord, I will hear and obey your word. I will listen attentively to you. I will put your word into daily practice. I will go and do whatever you ask of me. Help me to know and do your will. Bless my life as I follow and serve and obey you with all that is within me. Amen
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