“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:4-5 NLT
In every life, there are seasons. One season begins as another ends. Some are seasons of joy while others are seasons of pain. Typically, we never enjoy those painful seasons but they are important moments, not because we enjoy pain but many times, they help us appreciate the goodness of God. We don’t like rainy days but if every day during the summer was hot and sunny, we would have a problem because there would be no water. So, just as we need the rain and the sun in our lives, different seasons come to add flavor and purpose.
Israel was on the brink of a new season. They left Egypt and they were getting ready to enter their Promised Land. When we stand at the brink of a new season, there are people who speak and pour into us and so Moses was providing that service here. He desired that their lives in that new land would be successful. But success does not happen in a vacuum; there were some things they needed to do.
Moses reminded them that The Lord alone is God. You might be wondering why this was necessary. But humans have a tendency to forget. We forget those who helped us when we were in distress and we sometimes, we forget the goodness of God. So Moses, in his capacity as leader, took this opportunity to remind Israel that the Lord is God. Success in this new land was based on this truth. Sometimes, we look around us and instead of giving God glory; we take credit for our success.
He also told them that they must love God unconditionally; that is, love Him with all their heart mind and strength. This talks about the condition of your heart towards God. When King Jehoshaphat appointed leaders to serve as judges, he told them, “You must always act in the fear of the Lord, with faithfulness and an undivided heart.” 2 Chronicles 19:9. It also requires obedience to God. David said in Psalm 119:2, “Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.” It also means that we look to God in prayer for directions in whatever we do. Jeremiah 29:13 AMP says, “Then [with a deep longing] you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and [you will] find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” The condition of your heart determines your success.
Thought for Today: Friend, love the Lord with your heart, mind and strength.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.