Week 43 Monday

Keep These Words

Today’s scripture selection: Deuteronomy 4-6

Key verse: Deuteronomy 5:6

“Keep these words…in your heart.”

It is known as the “greatest” commandment:

“Hear, O Israel, The LORD is our God, the LORD alone.  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.”

It is about total commitment; total love; total faith.

And, no matter where you are and what is happening in your life – these words – this covenant – is to be at the very center of your life.  That’s why the very next sentence after the commandment bears this instruction:

“Keep these words…in your heart.”

Think about how many things, on any given day,

  • Occupy your attention
  • Demand your allegiance
  • Keep you busy
  • Ask for your input
  • And in one way, or another, want something from you

Think about the people who place demands on you as well.

No wonder it is a temptation – it is so easy – to feel like you just can’t give anymore of yourself – to anyone or anything.

But, there it is.

Not just asking for a small bit of you – but the best of you – your first and foremost love and attention…

The covenantal relationship you have with God.

It isn’t easy.  But then, real, deep, true, loving relationships never are.  And that is exactly the kind of relationship God desires to have with you.

How’s it going?

If you feel like that relationship has been suffering lately – thankfully – it’s never too late to begin again.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your faithful love.  May I always love you with all my heart; all my soul; all my might.  AMEN.


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