Tuesday, March 4, 2008

What Does The Lord Require of You?

Two times in the Bible God's people are asked, perhaps rhetorically but certainly in all seriousness, what the Lord requires of them. And then God answers His question:

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)

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6:8)
Certainly these are very general and pervasive statements. We Christians tend to forget that the Christian walk is a serious, day-in and day-out affair, affecting every dimension of our lives. As the soldier is to remain ever-vigilant, the Christian is to remain ever-serving, always striving to meet the high and righteous standards God righteously expects of His children. And which, it must be remembered, are commanded for our good.

The first verse uses the word all three times. Certainly nothing in these verses suggests a temporary, ephemeral, or inconsistent state. Every day we are to be meeting God's requirements.

Each of us, today, must examine ourselves to see if we are living up to what is required of us.

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