Wanting More

Taken from Deuteronomy 30:15-20

If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God,
which I enjoin on you today,
loving him, and walking in his ways,
and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,
you will live and grow numerous,
and the LORD, your God,
will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.
If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen,
but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,
I tell you now that you will certainly perish;
you will not have a long life

Today we read how Moses tells the people that they can have everything they NEED, if they just listen and follow God’s commands.  Yet as many of us know the people’s wants took over.  The people soon began to worship other gods, to want more things, and to turn their back on God.  All of this because God does not give them everything they want at the time and place that they require.  More importantly, God does not give them control of everything.  This loss of control (or feeling of lack of control) creates the spark that ignites the chaos in the Israelites.

God doesn’t give us everything we want, and it can be infuriating.  It can make our blood boil.  It can make us turn our backs on His commands and go elsewhere for our desires.  All because we want it NOW!  We want to be in control.  We want to choose what is best for us.  Give it to us!

God loves us so much that He patiently waits for us to understand that He is giving us everything we need NOW.  He also loves us so much that He withholds things we don’t need.  Through this lesson in patience we learn one of two very opposing ideas:

1) We really don’t need  any of those things that we were demanding. All we need is God.

2) We really don’t like that God is telling us what to do.  We want more.

When we lean on the the 2nd one, we become agitated, our blood pressure rises, our heart pumps faster, our anger seethes out of us and our stress levels rise.  Our health deteriates.  Our lives are shortened.  It is a known fact that when our stress increases our body does not function the same way.  If we walk around in a high stress state all the time, we shorten our lives.  We begin to think that God is pressuring us to obey His commands.  We make ourselves believe that God’s control is bad and we don’t like that.  We want to do whatever we choose and say whatever we choose, not what He chooses for us!

If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen,
but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,
I tell you now that you will certainly perish;
you will not have a long life

If though, we choose the first option, we find peace.  We learn unconditional love.  We begin to choose patience more often.  We feel an inner beauty soothing our soul.  Our life is about obedience and it has nothing to do with control.  Obedience is done out of love, not out of pressure.  We come to the conclusion that wants are not all they are cracked up to be.

If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God,
which I enjoin on you today,
loving him, and walking in his ways,
and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,
you will live and grow numerous

God tells us today during Lent that we can choose Him.  We can let Him show us the way.  We can allow His words to become our words.  His actions to become our actions.  It won’t be easy.  It will be hard, but in the end it will worth it!

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About aslamkowski

Blogger, Speaker and Author of "Revealing Faith: Learning to Place God First in Your Life" Most importantly, desperately wanting to hear and follow God's Will, wife of Peter and mother of three kids.
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