- Pay attention to him.
- Listen to him.
- Do not rebel against him.
[Of course, at that point I could not help but think of Israel's situation today. God is still in an ongoing covenant relationship with Israel. Scripture also says that He does not change. What does that mean when Israel's enemies threaten her today? You can draw your own conclusions. Let's just say that I would not want to be one of those enemies who threaten to annihilate Israel or push Israel into the sea.]
I might add that God also disciplines the Israelites. We haven't yet arrived at the place in Scripture where we will discuss how God, after many years of warning the Israelites to stop worshipping other 'gods', sent them back out of the promised land and into captivity and allowed other nations (Assyria, Babylon) to take over the promised land or to take his people into captivity. There, too, God was not just being capricious, but was disciplining Israel with the purpose that she would return to the worship of the true God.
God is always righteous in the way He does things, even though there are many aspects of His judgments which we do not understand. There are some tough questions which can be asked about why the innocent suffer during these wars and times of discipline, but God can be counted upon to do what is right, even if we do not totally understand His reasons for doing it. His character assures us of this, and He also explicitly states that His ways and thoughts are not always going to be what we might expect: