“Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and revering him.”

– Deuteronomy 8:6 NIV

Success, progress, prosperity and adversity all share one commonality; they can cause us to forget God. This is what God warned His people about (Israelites) in the book of Deuteronomy as they progressed towards the promised land God swore to Abraham in Genesis 12. During the time they transitioned from Egypt towards the place of promise as they trekked through the wilderness, God’s people felt God abandoned them when adversity struck (i.e., hunger, thirst, tiredness, threat of death, etc.). Though the pillar of cloud and fire traveled with them and the miraculous provision of manna accompanied them until they entered the Land of Canaan, God was forgotten.

Recent reflection upon passages I read in the old testament books of Ezra and Nehemiah reminded me and revealed to me that the most effective way to maintain my ‘awe’ of God is to spend quality, quiet time with Him in His word and prayer. ‘Be still, and know that I am God.’ – Psalm 46:10b NIV 2 thoughts have come to me recently reflecting upon this verse: 1) Recognize who is God, and 2) Recognize who God is. Rereading the books of Ezra and Nehemiah revealed a heart attitude among God’s people that was embodied by remorse for sin, reverence for God and repentance that resulted in revival and the restoration of the temple and city of Jerusalem.

These recent reflections illuminated the thought that sincere maintenance of my ‘awe’ of God comes only by staying connected intimately with God through sincere time spent in reading the bible and prayer. The ability of consistently accomplishing the discipline of invested time with God in His word and prayer is what keeps my heart sensitive to Him, His will and the desire to go in the ‘way’ he has chosen for me to take instead of being led astray or consistently seeking to go my own way.

May God bless you and help you to maintain a sincere remorse for sin, reverence for Him and attitude of repentance from wayward thoughts/actions so you may experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

 

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