Deut 10.12 “And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?”
How blessed it is for us to have a loving God and Creator Who knows what is best for His people. You do know beloved that God’s commands are always for our good, and His glory, don’t you? As you read our passage this morning, please note that whatever is for our ultimate good is a God-centered life. We see in verse 12 that God does require us to fear Him, walk in His ways (i.e deny our own), love Him and serve Him with all of our heart and soul. Grace doesn’t erase God’s requirements. Grace causes us to long for them. We see in verse 13 that another ingredient of having a good life is found by keeping His commandments. His commandments are not grievous.
These two passages provide the foundation of building a life that bears fruit for the glory of God. Jesus would sum up these passages by saying that the grand purpose in life is to love The Lord our God with all of our heart, all of our soul, all of our mind and all of our strength; and to love our neighbor as ourselves. So as you draw near to The Lord in prayer this morning, I trust that you will hear The Lord speak these words of truth and life in the very depths of your heart and soul. For to hear God’s Word is life to those who find them, and health to all your flesh.
Seek to align each area of your walk today with The Word of God. Be it your use of time, money, conversations with others, your thought life. But do so lovingly, and not out of obligation or duty, for there is no joy doing anything out of obligation or duty alone. In all of your dealings with others today, seek to manifest the love of Jesus through you towards them. Try to understand them and minister to them as you would want Jesus to understand and minister to you. Life is indeed grievous, but John tells us that the commandments of God are not grievous. Be blessed today dear ones by seeking to walk in the ways. After all, God’s ways are only for your good.