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One Bit of Simple Wisdom: Do What You Are Told to Do
Numbers 32:1,5 "Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had a very great multitude of cattle: and when they saw the land of Jazer, and the land of Gilead, that, behold, the place was a place of cattle. Wherefore, said they if we have found grace in thy sight, let this land be given unto thy servants for a possession, and bring us not over this Jordan."
We all can recall when we were coming up as children we was told to be obedience. We all can recall that old saying, "A hard head makes a sore behind."
We also can recall that adage, "Make your bed hard, you got to lay in it."
To sum it up, we were raised to do what we were told to do. However, there are some that refuse to listen to good advice: that insist on doing things their way regardless of the consequences.
The text will teach us several things. Such as, you can't please everyone: and that, even those who are close to you, the ones who you are trying to help will turn their backs on you.
The Lord God had promise Israel that He will give them a land flowing with milk and honey: better known as the Promise Land.
It was the land God had promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For 40 years, Israel had journeyed in a circle through the wilderness because they had refused to obey God (Numbers 13-14).
NEWSPAPER LAND, the text will teach us, this is not Burger King where you can "have it your way." God's people are required to do things God's way (Matthew 6:33). Moreover, the standard for success is not to be set by the society around us, but by God's word. In the text, we find two tribes out the twelve wanting to renege from crossing the Jordan River.
Here, Israel was at the very edge of the Promise Land. Instead of these two tribes focusing on the blessing of God, they were more concerned about their cattle, and wanting to "settle down" short of reaching their blessing.
NEWSPAPER LAND, the enemy robs us of our blessings once we take our eyes off of the Lord.
Too many times we allow other things to be more important to us than seeking God.
Just like Israel was more focus on their cattle, people are more concerned about trying to make a dollar, pleasure, entertainment, being popular, and trying to please people rather than trying to please God Almighty.
Therefore, we come up short of the healing, the deliverance, and the divine intervention of God Almighty.
NEWSPAPER LAND, be careful about settling for less, because, the minute you settle for less, you get even less than you settle for.
In my conclusion, there's an old saying that goes, "You don't miss your water until your well runs dry."
Until next week, just remember, "Do what you are told to do."
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