What Does God Re­quire Of Me?

McDonald County Press - - CHURCH - DE­VO­TION BY RANDY MOLL. SCRIP­TURE QUO­TA­TIONS ARE FROM THE KING JAMES VER­SION OF THE BI­BLE.

“And now, Is­rael, what doth the LORD thy God re­quire of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, to keep the com­mand­ments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I com­mand thee this day for thy good?” Deuteron­omy 10:12-13

What does God re­quire of you and me — what does He ex­pect of us? God tells us: He re­quires us “to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, to keep the com­mand­ments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I com­mand thee this day for thy good?”

And note that to do this is for our own good! There is in­deed bless­ing in obey­ing God’s com­mand­ments, sum­ma­rized in the 10 Com­mand­ments given to Moses on Mt. Si­nai and, prior to that, writ­ten upon man’s heart.

What’s the prob­lem? We can’t! We are, by na­ture since the fall of Adam and Eve, stiff-necked, stub­born and re­bel­lious — we go our own way and do our own thing rather than re­spect­ing God, lov­ing Him and serv­ing Him with all our heart, soul and mind. None of us loves the LORD God with all our heart, soul and mind; nor do we love our neigh­bors as our­selves (Matt. 22:3739). Even though God has been good to us and cho­sen us to be His own, we don’t mea­sure up, we come short, we sin, we are guilty be­fore God and de­serv­ing of His wrath and pun­ish­ment. In­stead of be­ing blessed by God’s law, our sin brings its curse and God’s just anger upon us (cf. Gal. 3:10).

What’s the an­swer? Since we’ve all come short and can­not mea­sure up un­der God’s good law, the an­swer and so­lu­tion were pro­vided by God Him­self. He sent His only-be­got­ten Son, Je­sus Christ, into this world to ful­fill God’s com­mand­ments for us; and Je­sus Christ went to the cross to suf­fer the just pun­ish­ment for our sins and the sins of all as our sin­less sac­ri­fice and then rose again from the dead that we might place our faith in Him and be counted just and righ­teous and for­given in God’s sight (cf. Gal. 3:13; 4:4-5; Rom. 3:1926; 4:23-25).

This is why we read in Psalm 34:18: “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a bro­ken heart; and saveth such as be of a con­trite spirit.” When we ac­knowl­edge and con­fess our sins unto the Lord and look to Je­sus and His cross for par­don and for­give­ness, God deals with us in His grace and mercy and for­gives us all our sins for the sake of Je­sus and His aton­ing sac­ri­fice upon the cross (1 John 1:7 – 2:2; Psalm 32:1-6).

As be­liev­ers, then, in Christ, we do, as a fruit of our faith, seek to fear and honor God by lov­ing Him with all our heart and soul and by obey­ing all His com­mand­ments, but we rec­og­nize that we can­not be jus­ti­fied and righ­teous be­fore God by our own flawed obe­di­ence. Rather, we trust in Christ’s per­fect obe­di­ence and His in­no­cent suf­fer­ings and death in our stead for our righ­teous stand­ing be­fore God be­cause only in Christ can we sin­ners be par­doned, for­given and given the eter­nal bless­ings of heaven.

O gra­cious and mer­ci­ful God, we know that Your com­mand­ments are good and right, but we are sin­ners and can­not mea­sure up. We de­serve Your wrath and pun­ish­ment. Gra­ciously bring us to know and trust in Christ Je­sus, your Son and our Sav­ior, for for­give­ness, and pre­serve us in that faith unto life ev­er­last­ing. We pray in Je­sus’ name. Amen.

“The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a bro­ken heart; and saveth such as be of a

con­trite spirit.”

Psalm 34:18

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