Whenever God slew them, they would seek him;
they eagerly turned to him again.
They remembered that God was their Rock,
that God Most High was their Redeemer.
One characteristic of human behavior is its fickleness. We are too changeable. Our attention shifts focus at all times and we rarely concentrate on one idea. Our thoughts have no reins and we can hardly control them. In everything we act like that. If we want something, we insist and insist until finally we get it and then we put it away because something else has caught our interest. This fickleness applies in any aspect of our lives and is a serious weakness of character. Even with God we act like that. We cry out to God for a solution or something that we need and when God gives us what we are asking for we praise him. But this gratefulness is short-lived because once the need is gone we forget how it was that we reached peace. We forget that God is our savior and our provider and we return to our empty routines that bring us no benefit.
To bring us back to the way of righteousness God allows new situations which require us to raise our eyes to him and ask again for his help to once again give continuity to the vicious circle of need, pray, receive, appreciate and forget. Let us draw near to God with faith and ask for wisdom considering what James, the brother of the Lord Jesus tells us in his letter: “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” The apostle Paul said:” You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” The key is to stay in obedience considering everything from the perspective of faith with perseverance. Only then will we walk straight in the path of justice. Only to God be the glory!
In the night, LORD, I remember your name,
that I may keep your law.
This has been my practice:
I obey your precepts.
In the never ending debate of those who think that salvation is achieved by works they quote many verses that mention obedience trying to show that it is what allows us to become children of God. This perspective of obedience as a requirement can only lead to legalism. Obedience is just the result of a life transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Obedience is the proof or evidence of the faith of a child of God and his dependence on his heavenly Father. Not surprisingly, James, the brother of the Lord said: “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.” Obedience is the logical consequence of a total dependence on God. Faithbedience I think I have called it before. If we are not convinced that we depend on God in all activities and aspects of our lives, we will never see how important it is to obey God in everything. God has done everything necessary for us to be saved and, as the Psalmist says, our practice is to obey his precepts. Our sinful nature will always want to drive us out of subjection to God’s commands and to lead us into the territory of rebellion. If instead we let ourselves be guided by the Holy Spirit of God it won’t be necessary for us to deal with that problem. By the measure of our obedience we can calibrate our faith.
How big is your faith? Check whether or not you are obedient and you will find out. Is there an opportunity to be more obedient? Of course, since we are not perfect and since our sinful nature makes us validate what popular wisdom says: “A leopard never changes its spots.” Without faith and without the intervention of the transforming power of the Holy Spirit of God in our life can not show a true and effective obedience. Let us give the control of our lives to the Spirit of God and let us immerse ourselves in his word so we know what the rules that we must follow are and so we can meet our part. To God alone be the glory!
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