4/5: Diligent Obedience


The freeways in Southern California can be quite jammed, especially during rush hour. Some of the highways offer carpool or HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes. The law states that there must be at least two people in the car in order to drive in those lanes. It is extremely tempting to merge over into those lanes when you’re alone in your car, traffic is extremely heavy in the regular lanes, and those carpool drivers are whizzing by you. In fact, I overheard a woman talking about doing just that while traveling the same highway on which I sometimes suffer.

Upon hearing her somewhat proud confession about breaking the law and never getting caught (it’s a $401 dollar ticket), I shared that not only will I not drive alone in the carpool lane, I also won’t park my car in a handicapped space when I’m alone even though my car has a handicapped license plate. You see, the law states that it’s illegal to park in those spots unless the handicapped person is in the car with you. The woman responded that I live by a higher moral code than she lives by.

What? As believers, there is only one moral code by which we are to live and that’s God’s code. In this case, the honesty portion of the code dictates that we are supposed to obey the law of the land so long as those laws don’t call for us to disobey God’s commandments.

The standard for obedience was clearly spelled out to the children of Israel and the same standard applies to us today. In Deuteronomy chapter 28, God spells out the blessings He will provide for those who uphold His standard.

  • “If you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments… God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you… The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand… The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself… And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods… The Lord will open to you His good treasure… to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them Deuteronomy 28:1-2, 8-13 (NKJ) (bold and underlining added for emphasis).

From not driving alone in the carpool lane, to not parking in handicapped spaces, to following all the rest of the commandments, we are called upon to diligently obey and carefully observe God’s word. I guess we’ll just have to leave the house earlier and park in the back forty! A small price to pay in exchange for the blessing of God.


©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on April 5, 2013.

One Response to “4/5: Diligent Obedience”

  1. Lord Jesus, thank you for allowing me to seek refuge in you from “niggerliness, loneliness, debt and the oppression of man.

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