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Just Obey

Sometimes it seems like we try to make things difficult, like we cause things to be complicated. The Bible tells us to not add or subtract anything from the Word of God. We are to “just obey.” This seems like a simple command, but again, we like to overcomplicate things.

Some people attempt to add to the Word of God to require people to jump through hoops to try to fulfill the commands. The Pharisees were big on doing this, and kept a whole collection of additional commands to make it hard for everyone. This kept them in control. Other people like to subtract from the law of God. When we remove things that God says, it becomes easier for us to follow; however, we then have drawn a line in the sand and changed something we were never permitted to change. If we have removed some of the law, we are not following the law.

God wants us to obey. We do not need to add anything to make it difficult for some people to fully obey. We also shouldn’t subtract anything to try and make it easier. As we remove items, we distort what God set. Today, just obey. Don’t try to add or subtract. Only obey.

“Do not add to or subtract from these commands I am giving you. Just obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you.” – Deuteronomy 4:2 [NLT]

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99 Cents

I recently went to McDonald’s to pick up some coffee. I decided to give the person exact change when I was paying for my order. To my surprise, the man behind the counter was fumbling around to get me change. I thought it was a simple process to gather a few bills; however, he looked a bit confused. He was asking a co-worker for more coins. Time passed by and still I did not get my change.

After more time had passed, the young man began to hand me change. He handed me ninety-nine cents in coins and began to hand me some bills. I stopped him immediately, because I knew there was an error in that I gave him exact change. It turned out that the young man entered the wrong figure into the cash register and was therefore told the wrong amount to give back. He never thought for a moment that the answer was wrong, for his faithful machine always did the math perfectly.

There are people who do the same thing with God’s Word. They approach His Word seeking for something that will approve of their ideals. They text proof Scripture simply to make themselves look right. They don’t have an input method that is correct, and so they get an answer that is wrong.

Just like we must put the right figure into the cash register if we expect to get the right answer, so we must also approach God’s Word with the right heart. We must seek the Holy Spirit for guidance and we need to understand that God’s Word does not change. God does not change. His Word does not change. It is the same for everyone.

Approach the Bible not seeking to get 99 cents back. Approach His Word for the truth, for 100% of God’s truth!

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.”
– 2 Timothy 3:16 [NASB]

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.”
– Isaiah 40:8 [NIV]

“You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you.” – Deuteronomy 4:2 [ESV]