through His Word
I have a new favorite chapter in the Old Testament. It’s tucked away in the Mosaic Law, the second time it was given. Deuteronomy 30 summarizes what life is about—loving God and expressing that love by walking in His ways. The Israelites needed to remember that as they crossed the Jordan River into the land that God was going to give them.
Don’t ever think that the Old Testament is just history, that the Law is a set of cold rules. See the heart of the Law in these verses from Deuteronomy 30:*
· Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live (v.10)
· Obey the voice of the LORD your God (v.10)
· Keep His commandments and His statutes (v.10)
· Love the LORD your God (v.16)
· Walk in His ways (v.16)
· Choose life … that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days (v.19-20)
God created us so we could have a relationship with Him and love Him. Love is the greatest commandment in the Bible (Mark 12:29-31). Life with God is about knowing Him (John 17:3), fellowshipping with Him (1 John 1:3), and loving Him and other people (Mark 12:30-31). It’s about helping people to know Him and how great He is, so they can love Him too. This is the God we serve, a God of love. The one and only true God.
*All Scripture is NKJV. Copyright © 1979, 1980,1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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This devotion is © Copyright 2014 by Katy Kauffman.Deuteronomy 30:20, the purpose of life, loving God, knowing God, Old Testament, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies