“Now, Israel, hear the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land the LORD, the God of your ancestors, is giving you.” (Deuteronomy 4:1) (NIV)
No doubt that from the time we are babies we love the idea of taking over, of having things our way, of making it all about us and about the fulfillment of our own personal needs. As Christians, we are encouraged to focus on serving others, sacrificing for others and giving ourselves for the benefits of others. This is a strange language in today’s culture and way of thinking! However, in all the dynamic and complexity of Scripture, we must also understand that God is preparing us to; once again, move on this earth in a spirit of dominion just as it was in the Garden of Eden.
This is a very complex and controversial topic, but we must understand, for the sake of the emphasis of this small writing, that we will be missing out on much, as long as we refuse to listen to what God has to say. Many want the “taking over part,” but then close their ears to what God is saying. In this verse we are encouraged to listen to God and to specifically listen to God’s “decrees and laws.” This, my friends, is God’s Way of life! This verse then, takes us to a higher level because it encourages us to “follow them.” To follow something is “to pursue, to chase and to go after something.” In this case, it is to chase after God’s way of doing things.”
Our problem is that we chase after so many things in our selfish pursuit of dominion, that we always end-up, like the children of Israel, losing it all to our enemy. Chasing after God’s way of doing thing is precisely what will give us that abundant life that Jesus came to give. It is more than just accepting Jesus as our Savior, but also as our Lord. When we combine all these things together we position ourselves in the place of God’s blessing; the place where we will take possession of the land of our dreams. Everything starts with listening…will you listen to God?