We cannot bless ourselves by following our hearts

Deuteronomy Bible Background

03.17.2015 Old Testament: Deu 29.20–23

To read the Bible in a year, read Deuteronomy 29–30 on March 17, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

The world values following your own heart, even if doing so leads you to violate the laws of the Creator. Concerning the person who decides to follow his heart as opposed to following the heart of the Lord, Moses said,

“The Lord would not spare him; for then the anger of the Lord and His jealousy would burn against that man, and every curse that is written in this book would settle on him, and the Lord would blot out his name from under heaven. And the Lord would separate him from all the tribes of Israel for adversity, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this Book of the Law, so that the coming generation of your children who rise up after you, and the foreigner who comes from a far land, would say, when they see the plagues of that land and the sicknesses which the Lord has laid on it: ‘The whole land is brimstone, salt, and burning; it is not sown, nor does it bear, nor does any grass grow there, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in His anger and His wrath’” (Deuteronomy 29.20–23). 

We have to remember who created this world, who put us in it, who created our capacity to think and to feel. Therefore, it is not about us and what we want, but it is about our Creator and what He wants. Follow Him and see the kind of life that results.

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