If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your
well-being like the waves of the sea. Isaiah 48:18
“If only …” Life can be filled with ‘if only’ moments. Usually, once we’ve learned from our mistakes or
follies, regrets are pointless. They only sap our strength and deepen our remorse. But today’s verse is an instruction, from God to the Israelites-- and to us. He reminds us that obedience to his commandments is not a meaningless exercise; it isn’t a superficial bow to his authority.
By giving us the commandments as guidelines for living, he pointed the way to a life of peace, abundance, and well-being. If we have some regrets … if we have had our share of ‘if only’ moments … let’s leave those behind and move on to a new life, lived fully and joyfully in God’s will. If we need to do that, today is a good day to begin.
©Carol Dean Henn, 2018
Carol Dean Henn of St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, PA