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Godly Character: Today – Listen & Obey

A builder is more valuable than a building any day. Every house has a builder, but the Builder behind them all is God. Moses did a good job in God’s house, but it was all servant work, getting things ready for what was to come. Christ as Son is in charge of the house.

 Now, if we can only keep a firm grip on this bold confidence, we’re the house! That’s why the Holy Spirit says,

Today, please listen;
don’t turn a deaf ear as in “the bitter uprising,”
that time of wilderness testing!
Even though they watched me at work for forty years,
your ancestors refused to let me do it my way;
over and over they tried my patience.
And I was provoked, oh, so provoked!
I said, “They’ll never keep their minds on God;
they refuse to walk down my road.”
Exasperated, I vowed,
“They’ll never get where they’re going,
never be able to sit down and rest.”

 So watch your step, friends. Make sure there’s no evil unbelief lying around that will trip you up and throw you off course, diverting you from the living God. For as long as it’s still God’s Today, keep each other on your toes so sin doesn’t slow down your reflexes. If we can only keep our grip on the sure thing we started out with, we’re in this with Christ for the long haul. Hebrews 3:4-14MSG*

God has given us Today. He keeps renewing His promise asking us to listen and obey in this day –Today.   Who are we to listen to and obey? Jesus Christ. In order to sit down and rest, we need to listen and obey Jesus – Today.

How? By loving God and each other, by reading God’s Word, by sitting with Him in prayer and by worshipping Him through raising our voices in song or marveling at His creation and by discerning what He wants us to do in the moment we are in. The “how” in Today is between Jesus and us, but God’s direction is clear – Today, listen and obey so that we will find rest.

Remember . . . we should not do what they did in the wilderness for 40 years – turning from God towards being a “self-centered, whining, grumbling and maneuvering for power” kind of people.

This is the day the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Psalm 118:24 NIV

 *Scripture quotations marked MSG are taken from THE MESSAGE, copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson. Used by permission of NavPress. All rights reserved. Represented by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

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