A Matter Of Life And Death

“And it came to pass on the way, at the encampment, that the Lord met him and sought to kill him. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone and cut off the foreskin of her son and cast it at Moses’ feet, and said, ‘Surely you are a husband of blood to me!’ ” Exodus 4:24-25

When I was a teenager I developed a habit of using profanity. I knew it was wrong but friends thought it was funny and I was careful to not use it in front of people it would bother so no big deal. Right?

Well it was a big deal. A few years into college I decided that if I was going to be a Pastor, and I knew God was calling me to follow that path, I needed to become more serious and intentional about my walk and relationship with him and one of the things I knew I needed to set right was my habit of using bad language.

But stopping wasn’t easy. I could knuckle down and self control it most of the time but the words were always there, ready to come out, and it took constant vigilance to keep them from getting into my conversations. But even with my best efforts occasional words would still slip out here and there and I knew that it wasn’t just the saying of the words that God wanted out of my life we wanted me to stop having the impulse to say them.

Then one day I noticed that there was a correlation between my language problem and another part of my relationship with God. I noticed that when I was faithful with my prayer life and personal devotions that I didn’t have the problem of having the impulse to use profanity. Being more deeply connected in my relationship with God turned out to be the key to breaking my bad language habit.

Our lives are a reflection of our relationship with God and our relationship with God is in fact a matter of life and death to us. If we foster disobedience in our lives, or allow it to remain unaddressed, we’re, in fact, choosing to hold onto something that will distance us from God and result in our deaths.

Centuries before the event recorded in our focus text God had instructed Abraham to circumcise himself and all the males in his house. At that time God told him that this would be a sign between his descendants and God that they were his people. I’m guessing that Moses knew all this and that God had been convicting him regarding his neglect of this practice, as it pertained his sons, for quite some time and that Moses had been putting it off, probably to keep peace between himself and his wife. On this day God made it clear that in choosing to obey or disobey Moses, and Zipporah, were choosing life or death for Moses.

Is there something God’s been convicting you about that you need to set right?

Friends, don’t delay in choosing to submit to the leading of God and obey. Nothing that touches your relationship with God is a small thing. Every time we choose to harbor sin we’re choosing to push God away and every time we choose to obey we’re choosing to keep Him close. And having God close is a matter of life and death.

“He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” 1 John 5:12

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