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 (KJV)
Have you ever noticed that people get bogged down in trying to find God’s will for their lives? Good people, who are otherwise pretty much pulled together, wallow in indecision as to whether this course of action or that one is what God would have them do.
The children of Israel were told exactly what God’s will was for their lives. They were to fear the Lord, walk in His ways, love Him and serve Him with all their heart and soul, and to observe all His commands.
Here it is in today’s vernacular.
So now Israel, what do you think God expects from you? Just this: Live in his presence in holy reverence, follow the road he sets out for you, love him, serve God, your God, with everything you have in you, obey the commandments and regulations of God that I’m commanding you today—live a good life. ~ Deuteronomy 10:12-13 (MSG)
How different are we from the children of Israel? If that was God’s will for their lives, it must also be His will for ours because not only is this command in the Old Testament, but we find this in the words of Jesus in the New Testament as well.
Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. ~ Matthew 22:35-40
If we love the Lord, the rest will follow. You don’t deliberately run away from someone you love. You want to please them and will bend over backward to be of service.
Walking with God is a difficult exercise but it was a mark of high esteem when it was said of an Old Testament character that “he walked with God.” Walking with God implies that day after day, step after step, we are in sync with God and His plans for our lives.
The old hymn “In The Garden” says “he walks with me and he talks with me. And he tells me I am his own.” But we must make time for Him. We must come to the garden alone. This is an intimate, one-on-one time. And this is the time to listen to the specifics of His will for our lives.
Help us to make time alone for You. Give us ears to hear and hearts to love and feet willing to walk in Your footsteps.
In Jesus’ most precious name.