I have asked, as I’m sure some of you have, “What do you want from me, Lord?”
I’m learning though, that regardless of our situation.
Whatever season of life we may be in.
The answer remains the same.
“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….. Deuteronomy 10:12-13
“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.” Deuteronomy 10:20
As I read these verses the other day, I realized this is what God wants regardless if we are in a time of waiting, a place of prosperity, a time of suffering or a time of great joy.
What He wants and what He requires (this isn’t a choice, it’s what He expects):
1. That we fear Him. And yes, I agree that the word here means to revere and respect the Lord. Yet, I also believe He wants us to fear Him. Being afraid to sin against a Holy God.
2. That we walk in His ways. This means we can’t stay where we are. We have to daily walk with Him, moving forward in our relationship. Walking not according to our desires, but to His.
3. That we love Him. The Bible repeats this again and again. Summing up all the commandments, into one. We are to love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, soul, mind and strength. He is to be our passion. He is to be the one we hunger and thirst after. (What are you hungry for???)
4. That we serve Him with all of our heart and with all of our souls. Serving the Lord follows loving the Lord for a reason. For the more we love the Lord, the more we will want to serve Him and live for Him.
5. That we observe the Lord’s commands. He expects and desires obedience. More than sacrifice and more than service, He longs for us to obey Him.
6. Finally, that we hold fast or cling to Him. Sometimes, this is the hardest one of all to follow. Especially, when the way is hard and dark. Yet, this is when we must hold fast and cling to the Lord the most.
Why you may ask, why does He require these things?
Because He chose us to be His own, opening our eyes to our need for Christ and saving us. Because He is our praise, He is our God.