Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Deuteronomy 32:45-47

"And Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel:
And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.
For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it."
Deuteronomy 32:45-47

 In these verses, as it says, Moses is speaking to the Israelites... the believers, his people.  And he is advising them to listen to God and what he says, because it is not vain... it is life. :)  And as believers and as God's people... which we all have an opportunity to be, if we follow him... we also should probably remember.  It is our life as well.  We mentally separate ourselves from God and from religion and belief sometimes, thinking this is that, and this is me.  And we sometimes divide up our thoughts into different batches like work thoughts, school thoughts, church thoughts, and private thoughts.  But God is integral to *all* of it.  Following God's commandments helps us in every aspect of our lives, not just at church.  In fact, it doesn't just help us in our lives, it IS our lives.  God isn't just someone to help us out with the troubles we have in our lives.  God is our life.  He gave it to us.  He is the purpose of it.  He is the reason that we are here, and he is the reason that we work for every day.  Of course there are other things that we care about... but God is the center: the foundation without which nothing else would be part of our lives at all.  And I think we forget that... every day.   When other people demand our attention we jokingly ask if they think the world revolves around them.  Let's remember that it figuratively *does* revolve around God.  There isn't anything that he shouldn't be involved in or that we shouldn't consult him about.  There isn't anything that he can't help us with or any subject that he isn't more familiar with.  Today, not just with commandments, let's remember that God is our life.  And let's make sure we are giving him his proper and preeminent place in our hearts.

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