Observe and obey all these words that I am commanding you so that things always go well for you and your children later because you did what was good and right in the Lord your God’s eyes.
Once the Lord your God has removed from before you all the nations that you are entering and taking possession of, and you have displaced them and are living in their land, then watch yourself! Don’t be trapped by following their practices after they’ve been wiped out before you. Don’t go investigating their gods, thinking, How did these nations worship their gods? I want to do the very same thing!
Don’t act like they did toward the Lord your God because they did things for their gods that are detestable to the Lord, which he hates. They even burned their own sons and daughters with fire for their gods!
Everything I’m commanding you, you must do it with utmost care! Don’t add anything to it or take anything away from it.
Questions to Ponder:
What do you think it means to observe and obey God’s word? Do you look to God’s word for guidance as well as for comfort? When you find yourself unsure of how to proceed in your life, how does God’s word speak to you?
Prayer for Today:
Loving and patient God, thank You for Your word. Help me to know the many ways that it can show me a clearer path. Thank You for helping me to find my way. Amen.