To Obey or Disobey

Bible Reading: Leviticus 22:31-33; 26:3-46; Deuteronomy 12:32; 31:9-13; Numbers 15:37-41

God outlines the blessings of obedience, the punishments for disobedience, his acceptance of our repentance, and the requirement of consequences for our sin. When we humble our hearts and confess our sin, God looks on us with favor. While we may have natural consequences to pay for our actions, he will not shame or reject us. Though we came with heads bowed in disgrace, he will "break the heavy weights that were on our shoulders" and "enable us to walk with heads held high" (Lev. 26:13 NCV/NIV; 26:3-45).

Lord, thank you for never giving up on me. Even when I refuse to listen to you, you keep whispering, coaxing, correcting, even shouting ...making known your displeasure. Every time I fall on my knees and crawl back to you, I find you waiting, graciously and expectantly, for my return. Instead of seeing condemnation and disgust in your eyes, as I deserve, I see love and mercy. Teach me, Lord, to humbly walk in your ways, fully obey you and earnestly follow your heart. Break down my stubborn pride and help me to accept the consequences of my sin as part of your loving correction in my life. As my heavenly father, you know what is best for me. Teach me to trust you completely and wholeheartedly. Enable me to model your grace to those who seek my forgiveness. Look on me with favor as I choose your ways and learn to follow closely after you.