Why did they not just obey?


As I continue to read in the Old Testament I am simply amazed that the cycle of obedience, and disobedience, continues to happen. I guess to me it seems so simple to just do what the prophet (and the Lord) told them to do. I mean they had a prophet right there with them. First it was Moses, then it was Joshua. What a blessing it was for them to have such amazing leaders with them. I am just stunned that people can fall into their bad old ways after seeing plenty of miracles, after being rescued so many times, and after seeing God helping them get the land He promised them to have.

I love verse 15 in Joshua chapter 24. It says: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Reading that verse makes it clear how important it is to choose right and to follow the Lord. Following Satan or the world is not a good choice and will always end with some serious consequences for us.

I am still shocked though how much violence happened during that time and how much fighting and brutality took place. I know I have been writing about that a lot, but it stands out to me every single week. It makes me sad that things like that happened and yet the people still had problems listening to the Lord and obeying His commandments.

One thing is clear though, things have not changed much and are not getting better but worse. It makes me very grateful that I know what God’s plan is and what will happen in the future. It makes me sad and scared of the things ahead, but also looking forward to peace and a time of love when Jesus Christ has returned. If it makes me sad and down, I can’t even imagine how bad our Heavenly Father must feel and how it must hurt Him to see His children hate each other and torture and fight one another. His heart must get broken over and over again.

We can be so thankful that Jesus Christ died for us and that we can return to live with them again because of it. We would have no chance of returning if it wasn’t for Him.


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