…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. – Deuteronomy 10:12
In his continued address, Moses further expounded upon the various things that God told him to share with the nation of Israel prior to their entering and possessing the Promised Land. In his speech, Moses explained to the people that there were things that God required of them. They were to fear the LORD, live a pleasing life before him, to love and serve him with their heart and soul.
It isn’t that often that we read in the Bible where God makes specific claims as to what he requires of his children. Every command in the Bible is what he requires of us, but this passage and one in Micah’s book specifically claim what God requires of his people. Here he tells us to fear him, please him, love him, and serve him. Micah said much later that we are to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before our God. I don’t think that these are too strict or terrible things to do for our God. In fact a closer observation shows that they really say the same thing. Jesus boiled it all down for us into two things: loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and loving our neighbors as ourselves. God requires us to love!
Father, why is that your people always make things more difficult than necessary? Your basic command for everyone who believes in Jesus and is your child is to love! You told us that we are to freely give what we’ve freely received – love! You told us to love each other as you have loved us – laying down one’s life for his friends! Thus the simple and obvious conclusion is that my God requires me to love! To love HIM first and foremost above all else because you don’t share your glory with another!! To love my neighbor as myself to demonstrate to others how you love us. It is really that simple. Help me to show that love to all! In Jesus’ name, Amen.