Today I am reflecting on Deuteronomy 10:12-22.
"And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD's commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?"
I ask myself, what does it mean to fear the LORD? I believe the next part of this passage explains it.
"To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Yet the LORD set his affection on your forefathers and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations, as it is today."
So, we owe EVERYTHING to God! His power is truly awesome! He can really do anything, yet he chooses to love us! He loves us and is faithful to us even though we have our faults. If we focus on the amazing power of His love, we can be transformed. What does it mean to focus on how much he loves us? A few weeks ago, I had a revelation. I noticed that when a living being receives love, this living being grows. Therefore, we can see evidence of God's love all around us by noticing growth whether it's physical, mental or emotional. Nothing with life remains static but life grows and this is because God nurtures life. Think about the reality of this! God did not have to put us on this earth but he chose to let us experience the awesomeness, beauty and wonder this world has in store for us! Here is the rest of the passage in Deuteronomy:
"Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt. Fear the LORD your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes. Your forefathers who went down into Egypt were seventy in all, and now the LORD your God has made you as numerous as the starts in the sky."
When I internalize the reality of His amazing love for us, it makes me want to love him back. He chose to love us and we see His love for us in our growth. We can love God back by nurturing God. How do we nurture God? We can do this by nurturing each other because when we do this, we are nurturing God's kingdom here on earth! What happens when we do this? God's kingdom grows!