Understanding Leads to Obedience

I’d like to share a verse with you today that I have been chewing on all week. One little verse. One little verse that holds the key to Godly living.

Here it is:

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.. – Joshua 1:8.

When I first read it, I read it like this:

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

But then, the Lord led me to re-read it. This time, I read it like this:

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Do you see the difference?

Think about our kids for a moment. When you tell your child not to play in the street, they first think, “Oh, mom doesn’t want me to have any fun. She is being so unfair.” But if we explain that they can get hurt if they play in the street, and show them some of the dangers, they begin to understand, and it becomes easier for them to be obedient. Now, taken a step further, if we take them to meet someone who DIDN’T listen, and who DID play in the street and ended up in a wheel chair for the rest of their lives because of it, they begin to see, even more clearly, the wisdom in not playing in the street.

It’s the same with God’s Word. He has laws that are for our good. When we don’t understand them, we deem them unfair. When we study further into God’s Word and THINK about what we read, we begin to see the reasoning behind the law, and it begins to make more sense. But God goes the extra step in His Word. He “introduces” us to people who DIDN’T listen. The pages of our Bible are filled with people who knew God’s laws, and directly disobeyed them, and suffered the consequences.

God knows how¬†He wired us. He knows that when we are truly wise, we’ll see that it’s much easier to learn from someone else’s mistakes than it is to make them for yourself.

The more we get into God’s Word and think about His ways, laws and precepts, the more they make sense, and the more we’ll abide by them.

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