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Exodus 23:13 “Pay attention to all that I have said to you…”

In this short but powerful phrase we stumble upon a conversation between God and Moses. At first glance one could think this is just a reminder that has been inserted in the event Moses had forgotten how important the conversation was. But upon further investigation you start to discover that God was rather adamant and particular about what he had spoken. While the entire passage of Exodus 23 is important, I want us to consider the principle of obedience to God as it relates to “all that I have said.”

It’s a rather interesting discussion to even consider. We know that God wants our heart and our obedience. Unfortunately, if you’re like me, you can separate the two…and well, that’s not good. When Christ transforms a person that results in a recreated heart and a renewed mind (II Corinthians 5:17). We move from creatures who work to make ourselves righteous (legalism) to creatures who are made righteous (justification).

Legalism says, “I will pay attention to the things I need to in order to make myself right with God.” Justification says, “God sent Jesus to die and rise to make me righteous.”

Who and what are you paying attention to? Take time today to reflect on what God is saying to you. Maybe you’re at a place where you feel like God has been quiet for to long. Then start today by stopping. Stop living by standards and objectives that you think connect you to God. Pause today and listen for the voice of God. Open your Bible with a pencil in hand and wait for him. Consider Psalm 34 and Psalm 91. Allow what God has said to wash over you today. Listen and enjoy his words like never before. Stop offering to God well versed and rehearsed prayers and start giving him your heart (Luke 18:10-14).

Remember, that as a child of God he speaks to you because he loves you and he knows what is good for you. Take the next few minutes and start paying attention to what your Father has said to you. That’s great news; a father who lovingly communicates and cares for his kids. Our God is not silent…his voice is powerful and clear…pay attention to it today

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