The Thought for the Week this week is written by Susie Sharkey

by Susie Jean Sharkey

Deuteronomy 6 v 3 (first part)

"Listen closely Israel and be careful to obey. Then all will go well with you......"

As I read this verse, there were words which I felt were key words in the passage, such as 'listen', 'obey', 'then'.

Some promises of God are totally and completely unconditional. He says he is going to do something and it is done. However there are other promises that are conditional which means in order for the promise to be outworked, we have to play our part too. This promise in Deuteronomy 6 v 3 is one of those conditional promises. So, what did the children of Israel have to do in order for the promise to be outworked.....

Firstly, they had to listen. And by listen, I don't mean hearing something, hearing a voice, hearing words, for in truth, you can hear without listening. No, they had to listen, really listen to what God was saying then to them. They had to put aside all distractions, get before God and in the silence of their own heart really listen.

Having listened and having heard the voice of God they had to move forward and obey the voice that spoke to them. It was no good to have listened for that voice, heard Him speak and then walk away and do nothing about it. Their hearts had to be changed, their lives had to be transformed and they had to walk in obedience to what God was telling them to do.

Having listened and having obeyed, then (and only then) would things go well for them in the land that God was bringing them into.  If those conditions weren't met then the promise could not be fulfilled. And so it is in our own lives too. There are promises that God makes to us, some unconditional and some conditional. For those conditional promises to be outworked, we need to do the same as the children of Israel were instructed to do many years ago. We too must listen and obey and once the conditions are met, God will move to fulfil the promises He has made to you and me.