"The pilot seat"

An F16 fighter jet is an amazing aircraft with incredible capabilities. But there's one thing that a jet pilot requires above all else: The F16 must respond to his control.

God has much to say in Deuteronomy about why He must be at the controls of our life. The book is the story of Israel's renewed covenant with God, one that would guide the nation to His blessings. In chapter 11, Moses outlined the motivations for obedience:

• Obedience is the appropriate response for those who have experienced the discipline of the Lord and have seen His greatness (vv.1-7). • Obedience to God, and only obedience, leads to real life, helping us soar past empty pursuits (vv.8-12). • Obedience allows us to enjoy God's blessings (vv.13-15).

Next, Moses warns us to avoid flying headlong into the trap of thinking that . . .

• There is no consequence for disobedience (vv.16-17). • There is no reward for being obedient (vv.18-21). • There is no one to watch over us, so we need to fight for our rights. Instead, Scripture reveals that God will "drive out" our enemies, "stretch" out the land before us, and "cause the people to fear and dread [us]," as we follow Him (vv.22-25). • There is little difference between choosing obedience or being disobedient (vv.26-32).

A. W. Tozer wrote, "The true follower of Christ will not ask, ‘If I embrace this truth, what will it cost me?' Rather he will say, ‘This is truth. God help me to walk in it, let come what may!' "

Obedience to the God who "pilots" our ways and days is the key to a life of joy and excellence. , Poh Fang Chia, Our Daily Journey

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