April 12, 2017

Deuteronomy 6:6 (NLT) — 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.

On December 21, 2016 I had rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder. Since I am right handed it made things difficult for me. My arm was in a sling for three weeks so I had to do things with my left hand. Shaving was an interesting experience as was brushing my teeth. I got the hang of the shaving after awhile but the thing with the toothbrush I never mastered. Showering, going to the bathroom and dressing were all new difficult adventures for me. I really grew to appreciate that right shoulder like I never had before!

Eight days after my surgery I started rehabilitation. I asked the physical therapist how long he thought it would take for me to be able to raise my arm enough to shoot my pistol at the gun range. There are some things that I just didn’t feel I should attempt with my left arm and for the safety of others shooting was on of those things. He said if I followed his instructions faithfully at home it would probably six weeks before I could shoot. He also said that if I didn’t follow his instructions I would have to live with a crippled shoulder.

Let me tell you that I whole heartedly did everything he asked me to do because I really wanted to get back to shooting and I wanted full use of my shoulder. The result was that I could after five weeks! Now I wanted to know when I could be ready to begin lifting weights. Again he said if I followed his instructions faithfully at home it would take about another month and I should be cleared to begin lifting light weights.

So I again whole heartedly followed all of his instructions and a month later my surgeon cleared me to do “what my shoulder will let me do.” And little by little I am getting stronger. Was the rehabilitation difficult? Yes. Was it painful at times? Yes. Did it seem like it would take forever to get the results I was looking for? Yes. But those instructions were meant to help me and not harm me. They were given so that I would not be a cripple but have full use of my shoulder again. Because I knew this I could put my whole heart into the rehab exercises. I now am getting stronger and I have full movement in my shoulder:)

Shouldn’t it be the same with the commands of God. We know His commands are not to hurt us but to help us. They are given for our well being. They are meant to give us a full life so that we don’t become spiritual cripples who just sort of hobble through life hoping for the best. Knowing this wouldn’t it cause you to wholeheartedly obey God’s word? Look at the following benefits from being committed wholeheartedly to the word of God.

Deuteronomy 28:1–12 (NLT) — 1 “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. 2 You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God: 3 Your towns and your fields will be blessed. 4 Your children and your crops will be blessed. The offspring of your herds and flocks will be blessed. 5 Your fruit baskets and breadboards will be blessed. 6 Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed. 7 “The Lord will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven! 8 “The Lord will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. 9 “If you obey the commands of the Lord your God and walk in his ways, the Lord will establish you as his holy people as he swore he would do. 10 Then all the nations of the world will see that you are a people claimed by the Lord, and they will stand in awe of you. 11 “The Lord will give you prosperity in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, blessing you with many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops. 12 The Lord will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them.

The commands of God are not always easy to obey and can sometimes be rather painful as in ‘loving your enemy’. However they will lead to a full and adventuresome life, guaranteed.

Be Inspired Hilltop!