Think about this: even though God made everything and owns everything in the highest heavens and the lowest parts of earth, he has set his affection on his children. God loves us that much. I hope you feel loved and cared for by God today!
10 Now I had stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights, as I did the first time, and the Lord listened to me at this time also. It was not his will to destroy you. 11 “Go,” the Lord said to me, “and lead the people on their way, so that they may enter and possess the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.”
12 And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?
14 To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. 15 Yet the Lord set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today.
Moses interceded with the Lord for Israel on the mountain for forty days and forty nights. Fortunately for them, it was not God’s will to destroy them… even though they deserved it. God is more merciful to us than we ever deserve in life. If I was God, you’d be a bug on the windshield. Same as if you were God. I’d be toast. God, though, is merciful. He wanted Israel to follow him… just like he wants us to follow him.
And so he is merciful. He told Moses to go and lead the people on their way. We are all on our way in life. Philippians 1:6 tells us that God has begun a good work in us, and he will be faithful to complete the work he has begun. We will eventually possess and inhabit the land of God’s promise. For us, it will be heaven.
The kingdom of God, though, is now. We don’t have to wait to follow God and serve him in our days. That’s why Moses asks, “What does the Lord your God ask of you?”
Of course, he asks for reverence, and obedience, and love, and service, and observance of the commands which are for our own good. And he asks for our effort to be wholehearted from the soul.
Think about this: even though God owns everything in the highest heavens and the lowest parts of earth, God has set his affection on his children. God loves us that much and we should understand and appreciate his care for us.
Consider how God’s mercy and love have changed your life and how they can change your life…