Week 20 Day 7
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
Deuteronomy 10: 12
And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
As Moses began to give his instructions to the nation, he addressed them with this very simple message which drew a line in the sand so to speak forever. This is the essence of the message of Christian Holiness in its simplest form from the human side of things. What he is speaking of is a consecrated life. A life which is utterly and completely given over to God. It sounds simple, right? The bar is set exceedingly high for the Israelites. God has worked mightily to preserve them as a people. He has provided in every way and guided them through a whole generation of preparation for the next phase of their lives.
So, would you give total devotion for the fullness of God’s promises? For most people today, as then the answer is No. To give up the sensual for the eternal, the satisfaction of the now for the not yet, the ability to regard ones self as the ground of all being and look to no other save for some created idol of our own imagining seems to be too much for most of the world. The parable from Luke 15 of the “prodigal” son is truly a picture of the heart of God. His first gift to us is a kind of freedom. Freedom to choose. Love always has a choice. If we choose to reject the love offer of our Father God, he will let us go even to our own destruction.
Take heart. Like the Father in the parable, God waits upon our turning toward home. He greets us with open arms and rushes to meet us when He sees us coming toward Him.