Jeff Bartell

A "bottom line" kind of guy

For Your Own Good

In my Bible reading I am currently in the book of Deuteronomy.  In that book I have noticed a recurring phrase that God uses (through Moses) to communicate to the children of Israel.  The phrase is, “that it may go well with thee,” and it answers the ultimate question, “Why obey God?”  Now, granted, I do have a flair for the obvious, and the fact that obeying God is ultimately good for us should not need to be written about – normally.  But it seems that “normal” is redefined these days and more and more “Christian” people willfully choose to disobey God.  It seems that the fact that God gave us His word to actually HELP us is forgotten.  Notice the repeated reminders…

Deuteronomy 4:40 Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever.

Deuteronomy 5:16 Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Deuteronomy 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

Deuteronomy 5:33 Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.

Deuteronomy 6:3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.

Deuteronomy 6:18 And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers,

Deuteronomy 6:24 And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.

Deuteronomy 10:13 To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

Deuteronomy 12:25 Thou shalt not eat it; that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the LORD.

Deuteronomy 12:28 Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.

Deuteronomy 19:13 Thine eye shall not pity him, but thou shalt put away the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with thee.

Deuteronomy 22:7 But thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to thee; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.

That’s a lot of reminders! Israel was about to finally enter the Promised land.   Still they needed to be reminded to obey God every day.  I guess human nature hasn’t changed much over the millennia.

God loves us.  He gave His only begotten Son so that we could live forever with Him.  He gave us His Holy Spirit to lead us every day.  He gave us His word to instruct us in the way that will benefit us most.  He gave us all that for our own good!

Why, then, would we think that we know better and choose to do anything outside of God’s revealed will?

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Good stuff! I need to be reminded of “who God really is” constantly — my tainted view of who He is comes from other people and circumstances from my life which have nothing to do with the truth. He tells us exactly who He is and what He wants to give us. Thanks for another reminder!

 
 

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