The secrets to living life to the full can be found in the wilderness.

It was there at Marah that the Lord laid before them the following conditions to test their faithfulness to him: “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and laws, then I will not make you suffer the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you” (Exodus 15:25-26, NLT).

These are conditions because of the word if. That’s the big word, because the Israelites did not do a very good job of fulfilling those conditions. And, to be honest, neither do we. And they seem so simple at first glance:

  1. Listen to God’s voice
  2. Do what is right in God’s sight
  3. Obey His commands

Jesus was our perfect example of one who met these conditions 100% of the time. I admit I am much more like the Israelites than Jesus. Like Moses, I need his help!

Father, today, help me to listen to your voice; help me to hear you clearly above all the babble of this world. I want to hear and understand you! Help me to do what is right in your sight today. I will have many decisions to make today. Grant me the wisdom in each situation to do what is right in your sight. Help me to obey your commands and laws today, Father. Give me the strength to obey you and to remain in your will, especially in the midst of any spiritual battles I find myself in today. YOU are the Lord that heals me!

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Michael Mack has been involved in small group ministry as a pastor, writer, trainer, and speaker for more than 25 years. He founded SmallGroups.com in 1995 and started Small Group Leadership in 2012. He became the 12th editor of Christian Standard magazine in 2017 and continues to speak in churches about small groups, discipleship, and leadership. He lives in Pewee Valley, Kentucky (just outside Louisville), with his wife Heidi. They have four young adult children. Michael enjoys mountain and road biking with a group of friends. See the "About Michael Mack" page under About Us for more about him.

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