Deut 10:12-13 / Deut 11:8 - What does God require?
Moses, the man who had a stuttering problem and didn't want to be cast into the public spotlight, now arises a great orator and delivers the most powerful address we see in the Old Testament. He was speaking to all of the people shortly before his death, and he gives one command here that has been quoted almost as much as John 3:16! (Read Deut 10:12-13 & Deut 11:8 before you go any further). These two passages show us what God requires and what our reward is when we do it!
What does God require?
1) Fear God - Think about the fear you have of your parent or some other authority figure in your life that you know loves you and you love him/her. This is the same type of fear he's talking about. My kids love me and they know I love them, but they also fear me. Why? Because they know that I am JUST. If they disobey the rules of the house or step out of line then I will punish - they know that there is a standard they must live by and if they don't then there will be consequences. My job as a dad is to establish this line of justice so that when they fully grasp the concept of justice and they have a healthy fear of me in their hearts I can then show them what MERCY is all about. That's the goal of justice - to lead them to mercy. But justice comes first, and this is what brings fear. So we are to FEAR GOD because He is a JUST God who punishes sinners for sin.
2) Walk in His ways - If I'm going to drive somewhere and someone wants to follow me in their car I am the world's worst to follow. I'm always weaving in and out of traffic and after a few miles down the road I've already lost the person who's following me. Well, God isn't like this - He's the best to follow! He goes so slow that all we have to do is walk to keep up. We don't have to run, we don't have to weave in and out, we just have to keep our eye on Him and walk at His pace. He's a great pace setter and He's a tremendous leader - all we have to do is watch for Him and keep our focus on Him, thus following Him in His ways!
3) Love God - My kids know that I love them deeply and that I will protect them and provide for them and play with them because I love them with everything that I am and everything that I have. I loved them first, before they even knew what love was. And because of the way I loved them and raised them this naturally set their affections on me - they fell in love with me so to speak. As they grew older they grew in love for me as their dad. So now we both love each other.
4) Obey God - My kids' hearts can grow cold towards me, however, when they choose to deliberately disobey me time and time again. If they consistently disobey and feel no remorse for doing so then in time their affection towards me begins to change. Their little hearts begin to grow cold and calloused so that not only doe they not love me like they used to but they also don't fear me. It all happens when disobedience enters the picture. They have to discipline themselves to obey - and when they do they find that their little hearts stay warm to me and they maintain a healthy fear of me. But if they don't then the opposite is true. If they do mess up and feel remorse for it, then this is proof their hearts are still tender. Our love for God will grow cold and our fear for Him will disappear when we choose to disobey, so obedience to Him is paramount!
5) Serve God - We are to serve Him with all our heart and soul (ie our "everything"). We are not to just give Him pittance, but we are to serve Him whole-heartedly like we would serve our very best customer in business! No holds barred! Break out all the stops! Throw caution to the wind! Let it all go! Give it your best shot! Leave it all on the court! This kind of attitude is what pleases God. We are to first receive from Him (as Peter's mother-in-law did when Jesus healed her and then she began serving Him - not like Martha who didn't receive anything first but began serving Him) and then we will have a bag full of blessings which we can give back to Him! It was never ours to begin with, so it will be very natural for us to give it back!
These 5 things we are required by God to do if we are going to possess that which God wants us to possess. We don't have to focus on the 10 Commandments are all the rules - if we just keep these 5 things buried deep in our hearts (Fear, Love, Walk, Obey, Serve) then we will find that no giant is too big that we can't take down and no land is so sweet as the land we possess! Deut 11:8 reveals our reward - if we do what God commands (these 5 things) then we will be granted STRENGTH to possess that which God wants us to possess! If you feel weak, then go back through and figure out what one of these 5 things you've not been diligent to keep up. The secret to strength is recognizing your weakness - start there and make it right. God will renew your strength and you will possess what He has for you!
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