OBEDIENCE – must be timely

 Numbers 14:
40 Then they got up early the next morning and went to the top of the range of hills. “Let’s go,” they said. “We realize that we have sinned, but now we are ready to enter the land the Lord has promised us.”
41 But Moses said, “Why are you now disobeying the Lord’s orders to return to the wilderness? It won’t work. 42 Do not go up into the land now. You will only be crushed by your enemies because the Lord is not with you. 43 When you face the Amalekites and Canaanites in battle, you will be slaughtered. The Lord will abandon you because you have abandoned the Lord.”

44 But the people defiantly pushed ahead toward the hill country, even though neither Moses nor the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant left the camp. (New Living Translation)

When the Israelites realized their foolish mistake, they were suddenly ready to return to God. But God didn’t confuse their admission guilt with true repentance, becuase he knew their hearts.Sure enough, they soon went their own way again. Sometimes good actions or intentions come too late. We must not only do the right things; we must do them at the right time.

Otherwise, we have to face the consequences.

The kind of obedience God desires is complete and instant.

Thank you. Be blessed!

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