Hearken to the Voice of the Lord

Deuteronomy 13:17-18, “And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that the Lord may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers; When thou shalt hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee this day, to do that which is right in the eyes of the Lord thy God.”

As the children of God, when we that which we ought not to do, God is not pleased with us. We bring God’s fierceness and his anger upon us. However, when we hearken to the voice of the Lord and when we keep all the commandments of the Lord, God turns from His anger. Instead, He gives us His compassion and His mercy.

I don’t know about you, but I would much rather experience the compassion and mercy of God than experience His anger and His fierceness. To me, the choice is very simple. We ought to do right for the sole purpose of the fact it is right. It seems too many people do right just to avoid the punishment of doing wrong. God clearly tells us that if we do wrong, we will reap His anger and displeasure, but when we do right, we reap His compassion and mercy. The question is posed to us. Do we want to experience God’s anger or His compassion?

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