Monday, December 9, 2013

How Are We Doing? - Deuteronomy 6:4-9

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.  And you must commit yourself wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.  Repeat them again and again to your children.  Talk about them when you are at home, and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed, and when you are getting them up.

This is called the Shema.  It is probably one of the most important passages in all of Judaism.  When the religious leaders asked Jesus what the most important commandment is, he quotes from this passage.  Much of Faith is a matter of looking back at all that God has done for us.  If we forget to look back, and forget to repeat all of the promises of God, then we can lose track of his goodness.  I love how we are instructed to repeat again and again the commands of God.  We should repeat them to our children.  We should also repeat all of the blessings that God has bestowed on us.  If we spent our lives in constant reflection of the law of God and his blessings, then I think it would be a whole lot harder to stray or to doubt him.  He has rescued us from our sin, and he has blessed us more that we could ever deserve.  We should make that the focus of our lives, and nothing else.  Seek First!  Look for what God has done and is doing in your life.  That is where we should spent our thinking times.  He is so good to us.  Even when we are unfaithful to him, he remains steadfast.  There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God.  It is awesome to dwell in that love.  Even in the dark times it is warming to the heart.

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