Tuesday, July 7, 2015
REFLECTIONS ON THE BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY BY CYNTHIA ABEGAIL
And now Israel, what does your God asks of you? Only this: to fear God, to follow all his ways, to love God, to serve your God with all your heart and all your soul, to keep the commandments and laws of God, which I am laying for you today for your own good. Deut 10: 12-14
God is not asking too much of Israel at that time. First, to fear God which is tantamount to loving God. This is a loving fear! If one loves someone, that person will be afraid to lose the one he loves.
In the same way, we should be guided by a sincere love and with a fear to offend God. It is understandable that when we are tempted, sometimes we yield to the temptation and thereby sin against our ever-loving and awesome God. All could go and experience this pitfall. Yet, the battle is
not ours. God will fight for us. What we need to do is worship and serve God with all our hearts and souls.
This means also following God's commandments. Even if you work, there are rules to follow! How much more with our Creator?
God said: Keep the commandments. We can only be for God or against God. There are no in-between shades. There could be varying intensities of our love for God, nevertheless, we have to make a choice! Yes, God assured us, for our own good. Let us ponder today where are the gaps in our lives? Have we served God enough? Have we given our Creator the awe and reverence for
God alone? Have we been lukewarm at times in our relationship with Him?