Disobedience Slows You Down – Deuteronomy 1-2

Read Deuteronomy 1-2

Why should I obey God? Since I am saved by the grace of God through the death of Jesus, does it really matter if I obey God? Yes. You should obey God in response to God’s act of redeeming you through Jesus Christ. You should react to Jesus’ death for you by increasing your faith in Him with an escalating desire to please God by obeying Him (see Hebrews 13:20-21).

One man listed 142 incentives to obey God, all from the book of Deuteronomy. In the first three verses of the book, Moses reminds the Hebrew people that what should have taken eleven days to travel took forty years (1:2-3). So, what did the people do with the remaining 14,589 days? They wasted the better part of 40 years because they rebelled against God.

Moses is offering us a vivid lesson in the beginning of this sermon: disobedience to God will slow you down in life. Yes, God will forgive you but the consequences of your sin will still remain.

Consider these scenarios:

1) A man is converted to Christ in his young thirties, yet he continues to steal in order to provide for his family. This father and husband lives below the poverty line, and justifies his actions because he has children to feed. Yes, God forgives him, but the man never raises his family above the poverty line.

2) Across town, a similar father and husband refuses to steal after responding to Jesus’ love. In time, he slowly transforms his family through hard work against hardships.

God is calling you to make Him happy by pleasing Him in all ways.

“ … so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”(Colossians 1:10)

Do not waste your life

Michael Slater