“Smokey” Hawkins Adopted September 24, 2011 Adopted from Rowdy Rescue, Slaughters, Kentucky

“Sit.” “Stay.” “You have to do what you are told.” Are the things you will hear me say around the house these days. This past weekend, Jim and I adopted Smokey, a Shih Tzu/Bichon mix from a Rescue Shelter. As I give Smokey his boundaries, rules and expectation of obeying me, I think of God and His expectation of our obeying Him.

God gave us commandments of which he expects us to obey. I saw a sign this summer in a gift shop that said “The Ten Commandments were NOT suggestions.” In other words, these instructions along with many others in the bible give us our boundaries and God’s expectations of how we should act and obey.

When our new guy, Smokey obeys he gets a treat. As he receives his treat for doing what was expected, you can see joy and happiness in his little face. It is the same with us with God. When we obey God, we are opening ourselves up for God to bless us. What joy and happiness  fills our soul when we are blessed by God. However, when we don’t obey, we can miss the treat of God’s blessings.

In Psalm 81, the psalmist shares how we need to be in constant awareness of God’s presence and obey His commandments. The psalmist shares how God’s people would not listen to God’s voice and obey Him. In response to not obeying God, Psalm 81:12 says; “So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, To walk in their own counsels.” Verse 16 shares how Israel missed God’s blessings. If they had  obeyed;  “He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; And with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.”

Everyday, we wake up with a new beginning. We are given free will by God to make choices. The question before us is do we obey God and allow Him to treat us with His blessings? Or, do we walk the path that we think is best and miss the blessings? As we go through the week ahead, may we sit in His presence, stay in His word and obey Him!

Blessings

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