“…this command I gave them: Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I command you, that it may be well with you.’” Jeremiah 7:23 -> Because of my faith in God’s Son, I am counted in God’s people and He is my God. The second part of this verse is where the application lies -> “Walk in all the ways that I commanded you, that it may be well with you”. God knows what is best for me and that is to be dependent and tied to Him in a way that guides everything that I do. There is nothing I can do to earn God’s favor; it has already been given to me as a gift through His Son; but, as I glorify God by walking an upright and righteous life, then my heart will be in the place the Lord has intended it to be. Colossians 1:10 says it best – “That you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God.” I am so thankful to the Lord for His word. Even in the most dire of passages like Jeremiah, God shows His loving character and desire to be close to His people…but He cannot live amongst sin; so as my flesh becomes more self-sufficient, I marginalize God’s influence and protective hand in my life.