Listen for His Promise

August 10, 2022

“Listen, Israel, and be careful to follow them, so that you may prosper and multiply greatly, because the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you a land flowing with milk and honey.”

Deuteronomy 6:3

What’s in It for Me?

Were you a child who wrestled with the concept of authority? To some extent, we all did and probably still do. But did you ever really struggle with the idea that someone who wasn’t you was able to tell you what to do? Maybe you felt friction toward your parents or even worse: an older sibling acting as a stand-in babysitter. For some of us, the idea that we had to obey their commands seemed completely superfluous. You expect me to do THAT? What’s in it for me? We struggled to listen to the promise that the “tyranny” of these rules and guidelines would come to an end or that we would ever get to see the pay-off for our surrendering.

In some ways, we may still struggle to see the benefits of our own obedience even as adults. But as we struggle, we are able to show the younger generations how to wrestle well in obedience. And that is precisely how we’re able to teach greater lessons about the worthiness of the God we follow.

More Than Mere Commands

God’s people have always scuffled with the concept of His authority in our lives. But the good news is that His gracious character does more than just command obedience out of us; He offers us life—the everlasting kind. Through the prophet Moses, the Word of the Lord declares, “Listen, Israel, and be careful to follow them, so that you may prosper and multiply greatly, because the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you a land flowing with milk and honey” (Deuteronomy 6:3).

God could have just said, “These are my expectations—follow them. End of story.” But instead He offers us Himself. The overflow of His generous and joy-filled Spirit is His ability and willingness to give us well beyond what we deserve. He likewise empowers us to be able to keep in step with Him by our side and in our hearts. As we commit to keep walking on this journey with Jesus, we’re influencing others to partake of His goodness along with us.

Partake of The Best

The gospel’s message isn’t one that says, “Do good things to receive good things,” in its mention of the promised land and all its glory. Instead, it declares to us, “I am the ultimate good and have given you the best. Come take part in it; the cost is already paid.”

He’s already provided to us everything needed to enjoy Him forever, all given to us in Jesus. Israel’s promised land, “a land flowing with milk and honey,” was only a glimpse of His eternal goodness that is ours for the taking. Won’t you enter into the covenant of His love and get a taste of it for yourself? Listen for His promise. It’s calling out to you even now. It’s through your answering that others will more clearly hear it, too.

What Now?

Consider the significance of the change from, “do good to receive good,” to “I am good; come receive the best.” How is the Lord calling out His promise to you in this current season? What will it take for you to really listen for Him amidst all the busyness you’re facing today? Reflect on the ways you are empowered to influence others to listen alongside you.

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