Love the LORD your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your strength. ~~Deuteronomy 6:5
Rebellion is the root of most problems. Someone sets a rule in place and we tend to try to find a way around it. And if we don’t like it, we ignore it. We feel burdened by it, we accuse the source (government, bosses, etc.) of being a big brother and demanding they get out of our way. We forget, God gave us rules. The 10 Commandments – Deuteronomy 5
You shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven
above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God.
Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
He also gave us a piece of information we tend to forget:
“Do not add to what I command you
and do not subtract from it,
but keep the commands
of the LORD your God that I give you.” –Deuteronomy 4:2
His ten rules are hard enough for us mortals to follow yet we also feel like we need to define them or add to them. If we step back and look at them from a unemotional, logical approach, we see they are nothing more than common sense and respect. Respect for ourselves and others.
And though we will stumble on these rules,
He reminds us, even before Jesus’ birth,
that He understands,
“For the LORD your God is a merciful God;
he will not abandon or destroy you
or forget the covenant with your forefathers,
which he confirmed to them by oath.” –Deuteronomy 4:31
The last point we miss, the one I think we’ve completely lost is that these rules are not to be kept to ourselves, nor do they only apply to one person. We have been directed to pass on the knowledge and the practice of obedience of these rules,
“…watch yourselves closely
so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen
or let them slip from your heart as long as you live.
Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” –Deuteronomy 4:9 (sel.)
I pray we each will step back and sincerely and honestly look at our lives and identify our stumbles and work to be better teachers of what He asks.