Turn to Him and Obey Him

When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

Deuteronomy 4:30-31

The Lord is giving the Israelites some instructions about occupying the Promised Land.  And here He gives them a promise.  He knows that they are going to go off after idols and everything else under the sun.  Just two verses earlier in verse 28, He says “And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell”.  He knows that they are going to turn their backs on Him; yet He still tells them that when they are in tribulation because of their sins, if they will turn to Him and be obedient to His voice, He will not forsake them nor destroy them.  “For the Lord thy God is a merciful God”.  He is rich in mercy.  He delights in mercy. 

Even though we turn our backs on Him, He stands ready to forgive if we will just turn back to Him.  Though we disobey Him, He is ready to forgive us if we will only turn back to Him and obey Him.  What a marvelous, merciful God!

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