God’s Requirements

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God’s Requirements

    “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 (underlining added)

    We have job requirements, school requirements, application requirements, loan requirements, flight requirements, travel requirements, requirements every which way we turn not to mention the law. But how many of us have ever considered that God has His? Are we so consumed with our everyday lives, with ourselves, and the man-made requirements of this world that we don’t even know the Lord’s, or that we know the Lord’s but don’t strive above all else to love Him and fulfill them? Have we perhaps gotten our priorities so out of order that we are more concerned with our jobs, schools, applications, loans, flights, travel, and just about everything else that we do not make it our highest priority concerning requirements to know His and to live to love and obey Him?

I used to once in a while hand out New Testaments of the Bible. They were cheaper, lighter to carry particularly for people who are homeless, and I purchased them periodically at thrift shops for almost nothing or was given them in donations to distribute to others. Now I refuse to hand them out. Why? Because God’s Word is His WHOLE Word. The Bible is the Old Testament AND the New Testament. And the Old Testament contains a wealth of treasures including how God created the world, the introduction of humanity to God and the history of mankind; who God is, what God did, does, and will do; His love, glory, majesty, mercy, and magnificence; why we need a Savior; prophecy of the Savior of the world, countless other treasures and blessings – and God’s requirements!

Deuteronomy 10:12-13 makes clear His five main requirements for us: to fear Him, to walk in His ways, to love Him, to serve Him, and to keep His commandments. If we truly love the Lord, believe in Him, trust Him, and have a personal relationship with Him, His requirements will not be foreign to us. In fact, our relationship with God and living to fulfill these  requirements will be our highest priority. No other requirements in our lives should be more important. Note the last three words of these verses. For our good. God wants us to be in loving fellowship with Him now and forever, and the blessings that come when we make His requirements our highest priority are endless and everlasting. The greatest blessing of all is to know, love, and be with Him forever! Need to change your priorities?

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