Wednesday, August 10, 2016

If We Listen

Listen, my people, and I will testify against you, O Israel!
If you were listening to me, there would be in you no strange god;
nor would you bow down to a foreign god.”
Psalm 81:8b–9
God’s people are freed from the influence of every evil spirit when they listen to God and do what He says.  Evil spirits cannot dwell with righteousness.
How many blessings are missed because of disobedience!  God was deeply grieved at the good things His children were missing out on because they would not obey Him:
My people would not hearken to my voice, and Israel would none of me.  So I gave them over to their own hearts’ lust, and they walked in their own counsels.  Oh, that my people had hearkened to me, and Israel had walked in my ways!  I would soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries. . . .  He also would have fed them with the finest of the wheat, and with honey out of the rock would I have satisfied you” (Ps. 81:11–14, 16).