Pause

What do you expect from God? For some, this is the question.

But then there is this one: What does God expect from you?

There may be answers to both in the moments just ahead. Listen carefully for the whisper of answers.

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Listen

But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.

Deuteronomy 30:17-18

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Think

"...I declare to you today that you shall perish..."

I don’t think about dying all that much. I know I am going to die, but I rarely let it consume my thoughts. But Moses has me thinking, and I’m sure he had the Israelites thinking as well.

Is my heart with God? Am I listening to God’s word and obeying God’s commands? What or who is leading me astray from following God?

These are questions we have to honestly ask ourselves today and everyday. As followers of God, we are expected to follow God and obey God with our whole hearts. Thinking about the deadly option of a life without God is not always pleasant, but it may help us to examine our hearts and rededicate our lives to God.

Patrick Jones

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Pray

God of life, I bow down to you today and pray that I will serve only you. Help me to keep my heart open to your presence and my ear attentive to your voice. Amen.

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Go

Go now expectantly into your day,
And walk with your eyes to the horizon.

Believe with confidence;
Anticipate the new;
Assume the unknown;
Be ready for change.

Trust that the Creator is at work;
Await the prompting of Spirit.

Look forward to challenge,
And make it your intention to respond.

Count on God.

Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones is the minister to students at First Baptist Church Conway, South Carolina. He enjoys playing golf, going to the beach, and spending time with his wife, Katie, and their three girls.

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