March 2, 2017

March 2, 2017

DEUTERONOMY 8-10

Focus Verse: “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases Him, and love Him and serve Him with all your heart and soul. And you must always obey the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.”

Deuteronomy 10:12-13

 

It’s pretty easy. What does God require of us? Only everything. I think we make this way more difficult than it needs to be sometimes. Which sounds a little strange, because it is really difficult. I feel like so many of the discussions I hear revolve around what God wants us to do and trying to figure out His will.

 

Here’s God’s will…He wants you. All of you. He wants to be the first one you turn to in crisis. He wants to be the first one you turn to when things are wonderful. We saw this in yesterday’s reading, but you are number one to God, so He wants to be your number one. He has given everything for you, so that’s what He wants in return, everything from you.

 

That’s a steep price to pay, but the last verse here gives us the reason why…it’s for your own good! Now I know that we are all skeptical when we hear that phrase. Most of us have flashbacks to our mothers yelling that as we tear off down the road on our bikes, with her holding the helmet we should be wearing. And, if we would swallow our pride long enough to admit it, Mom was always right. How much more so does that apply to God, who knows everything.

 

God wants what is best for you. And here’s the clincher, He is the only one who truly knows what is best for you. Bless our parents, they did the best they could (which I see much clearer now that I have children), but we are imperfect. God on the other hand, created us. He knows us better than anyone else ever could. So when He says He wants everything from you, you can trust that He is the only one that can give us a true purpose, can make the most out of what little we have to offer. You can trust Him to give you hope and a future. Does it get any better than that? And all it costs you is everything. I think you’ll find that He is more than worth it.

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