Deuteronomy 6:4-5 New Living Translation
“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.”
The one characteristic that stands out of the Hebrew religion is the fact that it is monotheistic in nature; as in they only believe in one God. Many other religions throughout history have believed in many gods, which sets them apart from Judaism. This declaration, along with the statement in Leviticus 19:18 to love your neighbor as yourself, is the first and greatest commandment of God to man. So much so that it supersedes all other commandments in authority. If you honor this commandment it logically follows that you would honor the others as a result of your commitment to God.
This held true back in Moses day and it still holds true today. That is because God’s word is eternal. It is the ‘yea and amen’. What is true shall be true for all time. If you devote your life to the Lord, your life will not automatically become carefree. At times it will seem to be infinitely more difficult, but this isn’t the fault of God. Sometimes it is our own fault for the choices we have made, other times it is our faith being testing. The Lord is ever watching and intervening when he is called upon. He is not belligerent, nor does he force his will on anyone. Our free will allows us to choose which path we shall take.
We must accept the fact that everything begins and ends with Almighty God. Not believing that doesn’t alter its reality. Some folks will try absolutely anything before then would turn to God. He becomes their last resort. How sad for time wasted. Christianity is portrayed in a very unseemly manner thru the media. In some cases their distain is warranted, but most times it is not. We do not live to please men. We live to please God. We will never please men; we already are pleasing to our Lord. Deepen your dedication to the Lord and watch his hand move in your life. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.