Here’s Exactly What The Lord Requires Of You

Have you ever wished God would just sit down next to you and tell you how you’re supposed to handle a certain situation? That He would spell out “Do this, this and this, then that and that” so you wouldn’t make a wrong choice?

When the people of Israel had finished wandering in the desert for 40 years, they were ready for some direct instructions - although they ignored all God’s directions before. Moses shared God’s very specific, very simple commands for how they were to live from this moment on.

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? Deuteronomy 10:12-13

While these were commands specifically for the Israelites, we can still apply the truths of them to our lives today.

Fear the Lord: Stand in awe of the Lord and reverence Him in all things. Don’t let the everyday miracles become mundane. Put His words and His directions above everything else in your life.

Walk in all His ways: God where He leads and follow every step of the way. Don’t stray to the right or the left, as Scripture tells us, but walk step by step in the path He has designed just for you.

Love Him: Give your heart to Him completely and forever. Check your affections and see if there is anything or anyone that you’ve placed between God and yourself - knowingly or unknowingly. Tear down those idols and offer your love as a living sacrifice to Him alone.

Serve the Lord: Devote all your work to Him, from the little things to the most monumental accomplishments. Whether you’re cleaning your home, working in an office, teaching a youth group or running a business, spend every hour of your day working to please Him, not man or yourself.

With all your heart and soul: Give it everything you’ve got. Love and serve and walk while acknowledging that He is Lord of your life. Keep your eyes and mind focused on Him and don’t let anything turn you away.

Keep His commandments and statues: Know God’s word, study it and apply it to each part of your life. Know what He expects, learn what He wants from you and make a constant effort to keep His commands. The more you know about God from reading Scripture, the better you’ll know His heart and His desires for you.

For your good: Ultimately, God honors those who honor Him. His thoughts toward you are thoughts of peace, as He instructed Jeremiah to write. The road may not be smooth all the time, but that expected end is worth all the bumps and stumbles along the way. Your good is God’s delight. Remember that and have patience while He’s preparing you for the next step.


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