This day the Lord thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.
Thou hast avouched the Lord this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice:
And the Lord hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments;
And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the Lord thy God, as he hath spoken.
~~ Deuteronomy 26:16-19 (KJV)
Today’s reading is a renewal of God’s covenant with the people. In it He sets out the results of fidelity to God – blessings.
But the most astonishing part of this passage is that the Lord calls us not only His people, but also a holy people consecrated to Him.
The word consecrated means set aside for exclusive use. We have been set aside as the exclusive possession of the Most High God. What in the world can He want with us?
God wants our voluntary and exclusive fellowship with Him. Because He is sovereign and all-powerful, He could coerce this fellowship. But He prefers that we come to Him of our own volition. He wants our willing hearts brought to Him openly.
This can only happen when we have been brought to our knees, to the end of ourselves. After we have acknowledged our sinful natures and accepted the death of Christ as our personal savior. After we have been born again as Jesus told Nicodemus.
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. ~~ John 3:3 (KJV)
He asks for our complete trust in Him, telling Him all that is in our hearts and listening for his response, His vision for our lives, His will.
Can we set aside everything else and focus only on Him?
Imbue us with Your Holy Spirit. Remind us constantly that You want us to be Yours. Help us to acknowledge our need for salvation and to accept Jesus as our only Savior. Grant that we may keep our eyes and hearts focused on You alone.
In Jesus’ most precious name.