All the instruction we need
Raise your hand if you’ve ever wished the Bible offered you more specific instruction or advice. (My hand is raised.) Wouldn’t it be nice to have a burning bush in your front yard from which God would speak to you with a booming voice whenever you had a difficult decision to make? “Don’t take the new job offer.” “Let your sister’s family move in with you.” “Stay away from that overly friendly woman at work—you’re married and she wants to be more than friends.”
The truth is that God gives us plenty of instruction, but we often fail to follow it. Right after Moses gave the people of Israel the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament, he gave them this crowning piece of advice: follow these commands if you know what’s best for you. “Be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess” (Deuteronomy 5:32,33).
We long for more pointed recommendations from God, but so rarely do we heed the instructions he does give us. A lot of our problems or decisions would be nonissues if we simply did what God commanded and walked in obedience.
The best part? His commands are not to punish you. He gives them to you “so that you may live and prosper.”
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