“You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.” (Deuteronomy 13:4 NKJV)
One night at a county fair, I wandered through a display tent full of creepy snakes, giant spiders, and other exotic animals. The man in charge interrupted us in a friendly voice, “Would everyone please step outside for a moment?”
Instantly, the man was alone in the tent with his animals. He called out to the crowd outside, “Nothing is wrong! I just need to transfer a lizard between crates and didn’t want anyone nearby.” The clatter we heard next made us glad to be outside.
God’s Word gives us many clear commands. Obey the Gospel and share it. Devote to prayer and fasting. Arm yourself with the Word of God. Live a separated life. Teach the children His ways. Save yourselves from this generation! And yet, our flesh will question, Do I need to do that? Do I have to give that up to get to Heaven? Will I go to Hell if I don’t do that? Do I have to?
If we could see the world as God does, we would not question His plans. We can trust that His commands come only from love. He is asking us to step outside of the world’s ways, and to walk in the light of His Kingdom. He draws us close Him to save us from the hazards all around us. I want to obey without a second thought, without looking back. His Word should be enough the first time, and my response should be a wholehearted, “Yes, Lord!”