By Rev. Dennis Van Gorp
Family Life Christian Center
Ezekiel 20:19 & 20 - “I am the LORD your God; follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Keep my Sabbaths holy, that they may by a sign between us. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.”
How many of us actually do that? Numerous times the Scriptures tell us that obedience to God brings blessings upon our life: in finances, health, family, marriage, job or career. Negative behavior toward God often results in difficult and hard times.
God gave us the Ten Commandments, they are not the ten suggestions. If they were suggestions, they would be optional. We could choose whether or not to obey them. Obedience to God is never an option. If we make it a choice, we are literally choosing between heaven or hell.
Malachi 3:14 says to us, “You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What did we gain by carrying out his requirements?’” Verse 16 adds: “the LORD listened and heard.” Whoops! That is dangerous talk.
Verse 7 talks about turning away from God’s laws and not bothering to keep them. I grew up at a time where all stores were closed on Sunday – to honor God and allow people to attend church. We seldom, if ever, do that anymore. Many miss church because they are too busy to spend time with God.
If we make the effort to listen to and obey the Lord, He will once again pour out His blessings on us.