“I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.” Ezekiel 36:27
There they were, the entire nation of the children of Israel, gathered around the foot of Mount Sinai. God had called them to come and meet him at the mount so that he could speak to them and from the summit the words came as one after the other God proclaimed his Ten Commandments. And Israel’s response? “All the words which the Lord has said we will do.” Exodus 24:3.
We’ve had similar experiences, not the hearing of God’s voice sounding from a mountain top, but ones where we’ve known that God was making his will clear for us and our response has been similar. “All the words which the Lord has said we will do.” And then what has happened? We have, just like Israel, gone and done the very things that we’ve only just promised that we wouldn’t do. For Israel it was a worship festival to a golden calf. For us it may have been binge watching television or movies that glorify sin, or relapsing into some other sinful behavior that we’ve promised we would stop.
Some would at this point say that the problem was that Israel shouldn’t have promised what they couldn’t deliver on. If that were true then brides and grooms shouldn’t promise to love, honor, and cherish when they know it won’t be long before they’re despising, disrespecting and disparaging. I don’t think the problem is the promise. I think the problem is thinking that as sinners we’ll be able to keep it. Too often we make promises and go out into the battlefield of life armed only with our good intentions only to find that we’re no match for the giant of our very own sinful desires.
Like the boy David we need to enter life’s battle armed with the name of the Lord, which means that we’ll be armed with all the power of God.
God wants to make this possible for all of us. He has to do it. We can’t do it on our own. And clear back, before Israel was released from their Babylonian captivity, God promised he would supply the solution for our disobedience, “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.” What a great God. If we’ll let him, he will give us the Holy Spirit and do for us what we can’t do for ourselves. Amen. Let it be so