Do you believe in God? Many people would say yes. But if I asked you, “Do you obey God?” you might not know what to say.
Today we look at a story that connects belief and obedience. God freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. He promised them a new home, but they had to obey his command to go in and take the land. The Israelites disobeyed and missed out on God’s promise. But what about us today? We say we believe, but are our actions causing us to miss what God is offering? Listen for the answer.
15 That’s why the Spirit said,
“If you hear God’s voice today, don’t be stubborn as in the past when you turned against God.” (quoted from Psalm 95:7-8)
16 Who were those who heard God’s voice and turned against him? It was all the people Moses led out of Egypt. 17 And who was God angry with for 40 years? He was angry with those who sinned. And their dead bodies were left in the desert. 18 And which people was God talking to when he promised that they would never enter his place of rest? He was talking to those who did not obey him. 19 So we see that they were not allowed to enter and have God’s rest, because they did not believe.
…We began our new life by turning away from the evil we did in the past and by believing in God.
1 Peter 1:18
You know that in the past the way you were living was useless. It was a way of life you learned from those who lived before you.
1 Peter 2:25
You were like sheep that went the wrong way. But now you have come back to the Shepherd and Protector of your lives.
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