In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses is instructing the Children of Israel in the Law of God. The people were soon to enter into the Promised Land,
In chapter 10 verse 12 to 13, Moses gives a summary of the Lord’s requirements:
‘And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good.’
If this was the requirement of the Lord for the Children of Israel, how much more is it a requirement of Christian believers who have come into a personal relationship with the Lord God through the Lord Jesus Christ.
The call to us is to: FEAR, WALK, LOVE, SERVE, KEEP
FEAR: the meaning is reverence, which is the first command. The basic problem today with so many is that there is no fear of God, no respect, no reverence for the ONE who controls the destiny of the universe in His hand. Much of the western world has been taken over by atheistic humanism. If people realised who God is in all his majesty, glory and Being, they would really be afraid, for our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29).
WALK: a reverence and correct understanding of who God is leads on to a desire to walk with Him in the path He has allotted for each individual life. It keeps from a life of discontent and dissatisfaction with our circumstances. It keeps us from grumbling about our lot and being envious of others who may seem to be better off than oneself.
LOVE: the more we walk with God and get to know His ways, His purposes for our lives, the more we come to love Him. Not just for what He has done for us in the Lord Jesus, great as that is, but for who He is in His Being, His greatness, His glory, His majesty and awesomeness. Our hearts go out to Him in wonder, love, praise and worship.
SERVE: the consequences of fear, walk and love is service. For believers there is the desire to work for the Lord, to do His bidding, to give our lives over to Him, so that wherever we are, whatever our situation we are willing for our lives to be at His command.
KEEP: following on the command to fear, walk, love and serve, it is far easier for us as believers to keep the commandments of the Lord. We know from the history of the Children of Israel that they did not as a whole fulfil these requirements, even though individuals did. Why do I say it is easier for us? It is not because of what is in us by nature, but when we become a child of God by faith He has given to us the gift of the Holy Spirit to direct our lives and take of the things of our Lord Jesus Christ and reveal them to us (John 6:7-15).
R. John Wheeler