Words from the Heart for Tuesday September 6th, 2016
For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
Deuteronomy 30:16 (NIV)
Loving God and Keeping His Commands
Obedience requires us to listen to, keep, and love God and His commands. The result is a fruitful life. Are you listening to His Word? Are you keeping His commands? Are your desires for God growing?
A recent survey on Canadian identity, published in October by the national statistics agency found that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was chosen as Canada’s most important national symbol, with 93 per cent support. In other words, Canadians consider rights protection to be core to their sense of who we are as a people. Which ought to lead to a discussion in our country about the balance between the need that security agencies have to keep us safe and the right of privacy for the ordinary law abiding Canadian. It’s no wonder that so many Canadians were upset when they learned recently that thousands of travelers who used the free internet service at a major Canadian airport were tracked for days after leaving the airport. Many wondered if it was illegal. It wasn’t.
The mark of truly loving God is to live according to his commands and precepts. This has been the case since He gave the law to the people of Israel and called them to be His. As in any relationship founded on love, the commitment is proven not just in words, but in the way life is lived. That’s why God said to the people of Israel in Deuteronomy 30:16: “For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.” God wanted a covenant relationship with the people of Israel. They were called to reflect his love and holiness by being unique among the nations of the world in living a life consistent with commands, decrees and laws. By doing so, they would mirror the nature of their God, the only true God. And as with almost all the commands of the Bible, this one comes with a promise – if they expressed their love to God through the keeping of His commands, He would bless them by providing the land He had promised them and would prosper them in that land. If you have experienced the love of Jesus and His redeeming grace, you too are called to express your love to Him by living a life today that lets the world see Him in you.
These have been words from the heart.