Thursday, September 15, 2011

How Do You Feel About The Commands of God?

What do the commands of God usually feel like to you? I know, I know, it's doesn't matter how you feel about them. you must obey them. Of course.

But the commands of God are not supposed to be a burden. His yoke is easy and his burden is light. His commands are not burdensome.

It matters how you feel about the commands of God because your disposition toward the commands of God betrays what you think about the character of God. It re:flects the temperature of your love toward God.

Think about it this way. When a couple gets married, they make vows. They promise, for instance, to be faithful. Do you think it matters how a husband feels about the command to remain faithful? If you were the wife, would it matter to you? Does he honor you if he feels like that command is a burden? Does he honor you if he feels like that command is a joy and delight? Does it matter?

Must we obey the commands of God? Absolutely! Must we take heed to how we feel about the commands of God (and the God of the commands)? Absolutely!

Here's one helpful reminder from Deuteronomy 10:12-13 that we need to keep preaching to our hearts -- esp. when we don't feel like it's true:
And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD, which I am commanding you today for your good?
All (you might need to say that again) of the commands of God are for your good. Do you believe that? It really matters that you do.

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