Stop Sign (by D.A. Cobb)

One of the windows in my study overlooks the main entrance into my neighborhood. A few months ago the developers installed a stop sign at the intersection and guess what? Hardly anybody stops! Some coast by, others roll through while most don’t even bother to slow down. It is called habit and is a dangerous practice to be sure. These drivers must not have read the report showing 80% of all automobile accidents occur within five miles from home. I remember a comedian years ago joking “if that’s true I’m moving.”

After meeting with his God on Mount Sinai, Moses walked down the mountain carrying ten stop signs for all humanity to obey. I am of course referring to the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20). This is not the top ten list from the Late Night Show, this folks is for real. These are the commands God gave His people to live according to His instructions and for the fulfillment of His promise.

The author of 2 Chronicles 31:21 gives testimony to the reward received by the faithful who follow the Word of God,

“In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple

and in obedience to the law and the commands,

he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly.

And so he prospered.”

Let us take this a step further and study the words found in Joshua 1:8,

“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth;

meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful

to do everything written in it.

Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

I believe the words prosperous and successful mean more than just riches and wealth. As we follow His commands and teachings, through His grace we enjoy the blessings and rewards of an eternal relationship with the Son. An easy task? Not at all. However, Christ promised His presence and fellowship for those who trust and obey Him, as we journey from here to His eternal place of dwelling.

How many times does Jesus say, “Follow me?” These two words shape the path to riches more treasured than gold, to wealth more precious than silver and to prosperity more cherished than jewels. It is called everlasting life.

John 8:12

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