Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him. (Deuteronomy 13:4)
I really like this verse. It almost seems to give a bit of a roadmap for life.
Listen to Him.
Cling to Him.
I think that in the Christian walk, people often start out with a servant’s heart. They do fear the Lord to some extent, hence their acceptance of His salvation. And at first, there is quite a bit of obeying and listening going on.
Then times get hard, and when the pressures and stresses of the world start pressing down, that is where the clinging should happen. At first, many people do cling to the Lord, but life often gets more and more difficult before it gets better.
And some people stop clinging.
And in turn they stop listening.
And when they stop listening, they inevitably stop obeying.
And when sin takes over like that, the fear of the Lord goes by the wayside.
Then there is no more serving God. People just start serving themselves.
And when people just serve themselves, chaos breaks loose in their souls. The despair and anger and loneliness of this world is so real. When society turns to self rather than to God, it’s no wonder so many are hurting.
And if you are hurting, there actually is help…
Grab your map and get back on the road.