Turn and Obey

And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.  But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.  When thou are 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 4:28-31

Reading about the journey of the children of Israel has been a blessing to me in that, no matter how much they murmered and complained and rebelled, the Lord still had mercy on them.  Even in this passage, in which the Lord is detailing how His people would eventually turn to worshipping idols, the Lord tells them that He is a merciful God.  If, at any point, they will “turn to the Lord thy God” and will “be obedient unto his voice”, He will not forsake them nor destroy them.  What an amazing promise!

No matter how often or to what extent we disappoint Him, no matter how much we rebel against Him, He is simply wanting us to turn to Him in repentance and obey His voice.  He is a merciful God.

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