Today we complete our reading in the first five books of the Bible, the books of Moses, called the Pentateuch. Good work! Now on to Joshua and the historical books which follow.
Years ago I heard this saying: “There is no limit to what one can accomplish if he doesn’t care who gets the credit.” There is truth in that, but I think we can go beyond it. Success is to glorify God. It is more than merely not seeking our own glory. True success is attained by faithfulness and obedience to Him.
Parents (as well as other authority figures in our lives, like teachers) can be hard task masters, difficult to please. God is not so. Although He is perfect and His law demands perfection, He is delighted with obedience in His children. Our obedience begins with repentance and faith in His Son who died for our sins and lives for our sanctification.
Not all suffering is a direct consequence of some personal sin, but all suffering is meant to drive us to the Lord for grace, strength, renewed trust in Him, and an earnest plea to be given a heart to understand.
God warned His people that they were to obey Him in the manner of their worship. Theologians call this the “regulative principle.” Our worship is not to be according to current fads and trends but according to His Word (Deuteronomy 12:4). Be sure your church is seeking to worship God biblically.
“Do you fear God? If He is not a God to be feared, He is not a God of power. If He is not a God of power, your prayers to Him are futile. There is little difference, practically speaking, between a weak god and no god.” [from Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days page 66].