Thursday, February 4, 2010

Don't Follow Your Own Lust

Numbers 15-17

You have the fringe so that, when you see it, you will remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them and not follow the lust of your own heart and your own eyes. Numbers 15: 39 NRSV

Don't follow the lust of your own heart and your own eyes. Follow instead God's commandments.

Often this is easier said than done.

The lust of my own heart and eyes is continually before me. I can feel and see what I want and think I need. It is so much easier just to act on what I see and feel. How about you?

God has given you and me some commandments to put before our own desires. God wants to be first and only in our lives. God wants our devotion and our worship. God wants us to set aside a day each week just for God. God wants us to honor our parents and to love our neighbors. If we do these things, we will not follow our lusts.

But we need constant reminders - such as this fringe on their garments - to follow God and not our base instincts. May we help one another to keep God, not our desires, before our eyes and hearts.

God, we want to obey your commandments and follow you. We often are distracted by what our hearts feel and what our eyes see. Keep us focused on you and keep sending other believers to help us stick closely to you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims

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