Obedience Starts With Thoughts

Thoughts undergird our obedience or disobedience. Here is a verse that denotes being fully satisfied. Jeremiah 31:14 says, “I will satiate the soul of the priests with abundance, and My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord.”

Here is a passage that might cause us to pause before we choose to disobey. As I read Psalm 81:13-14, I hear the Lord’s heart of deep lament. It says, “Oh, that My people would listen to Me…I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn My hand against their adversaries.”

Their disobedience caused them to walk away empty from the promise in verse 16. It says, “He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; and with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.”

A certain man of Bethlehem, Judah took his wife and sons to Moab. You can read the narrative in Ruth 1. What was the result? Naomi’s words were spoken from a bitter heart. She blamed God for the consequences of walking away from His way. 

As you read her words, listen for her bitter lament. Ruth 1:21 says, “I went out full, and the Lord has brought me back empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?”

The path of disobedience is strewn with grief, hardship, loss, and utter soul emptiness. The path of obedience, on the other hand, is strewn with an abundance of grace, mercy, joy, and a spirit that is satiated through God’s word.

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