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I Command You Today

December 1, 2018

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I Command You Today

So many times,  when someone gives us a command,  we bristle up  and retort,  “Who are you  to tell me  what to do?”     We even see this attitude  in riots  that have been instigated  by people with bad intentions  and hateful hearts.     The police have to face  all sorts of dangers  from the unthinking  and unreasonable rioters.     Legally,  the police do have the authority  to tell the rioters  to become peaceable,  but the rioters refuse  to obey.

The LORD God gives us a command  that we need  to obey.     In Deuteronomy 30:16,  He says,

I command you today  to love the LORD your God,  to walk  in His ways  and to keep His commandments  and His statutes  and His judgments.

Whoa!     Not only that,  in Deuteronomy 6:5,  God commands us,

You shall  love the LORD your God  with all your heart  and with all your soul  and with all your might.

Isn’t that going a bit far?     Who is God  to tell us  that we have to love  and obey Him?     And,  then Jesus says  in Mark 12:28-30  that  that is the greatest commandment.     Most people don’t obey  that command from God,  simply because  they don’t think God has the authority  to command them.

So,  does God have the authority  to command our love  and obedience  or not?      Definitely,  yes.     God’s authority is not only based  on the fact  that He created all things — including us — but His authority is also based  on the infinite love  He has shown us  in Jesus Christ.     God did not have to love us  so dearly  that He would have Jesus suffer and die  to fully pay  for all our sins.     But He did.

Because the LORD’s love and sacrifice  have done so much  for us,  He has the right  to command us.     When we disobey  that command,  we are displaying evil beyond description.     So then,  we need  to examine ourselves  and see what is leading us  to such lovelessness.     It can’t be good.     So,  what should we do?

The LORD is certainly merciful.     Let us turn to Him,  for His promise  in Isaiah 1:18-20 holds true  for every soul  that has ever lived.     He says,

“Come now,  and let us reason together,”    
Says the LORD,    
“Though your sins  are as scarlet,    
They will be  as white as snow;    
Though they are red  like crimson,   
They will be  like wool.    
If you consent and obey,    
You will eat the best  of the land;    
But  if you refuse and rebel,    
You will be devoured  by the sword.”

His mercies are new every morning — and His righteous judgments are sure  in the end.     We have this moment  to consider  how greatly loved we are.     What will we do  with this moment?     God’s commands are good  and right,  holy and decent,  in every aspect.     So,  when He commands us,  let us obey with love,  praise,  and thanksgiving  — because it is beautiful  and the right thing to do.

Basking in the love and fellowship  of our Creator and Redeemer,  we exclaim,   “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You for pursuing me  with the awesome greatness and tenderness  of Your compassion  and love.     Keep on teaching me  and showing me  the way.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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