Listen, Learn, Obey

I don’t like the word learning. It reminds me of school and while education is important I never found joy in learning things I had no interest in. However learning is the most important thing we can do, we must never stop our pursuit of greater knowledge of God’s word. Moses made clear the importance of learning and remembering what you have learned  as he was instructing the people of Israel.

Deuteronomy 4:9 (NLT)  “But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.

Deuteronomy 5:1 (NLT) Moses called all the people of Israel together and said, “Listen carefully, Israel. Hear the decrees and regulations I am giving you today, so you may learn them and obey them!

Deuteronomy 6:5-9 (NLT) And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.  And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.  Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

We do have a tendency to forget things don’t we? How many times have we heard something and thought, “Wow! That is life changing!” Only to go home and be left scratching our heads, unable to remember what was said. How can we pass on what we don’t remember? How can we obey the Lord if we don’t know what He said!

I love what is said in Deuteronomy 5:1, Moses wasn’t just talking to talk. He was speaking so the people would not only HEAR him, but would LEARN and OBEY.

Simply hearing God’s word is not enough, we must put action behind His words otherwise we put ourselves in great danger.

James 1:22 (NLT) But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.

I believe this generation is in great danger. Too often we cherry pick the best parts of God’s word, and ignore the uncomfortable. We must take the entirety of God’s word and work to obey Him in every situation.

Growing up I heard the story of the wise man and foolish man who built their houses, but I never fully understood. Both men knew Jesus, both men heard His teachings, yet only one of them obeyed all that Jesus said.

Luke 6:46-49 (NLT) “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?  I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it.  It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built.  But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”

Today let us work to remember the mighty deeds of our God! Let us work to live out the Word of God in the entirety of our life. Let us pass on what we have heard to our neighbors, our friends, our children, our family, our coworkers, our classmates. Let us not neglect to proclaim the truth of God’s Word!

When our lifestyle lines up with our message, the very power of God will be evident.


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