And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God requires of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, (Deuteronomy 10:12)
Beloved, as we consider this passage briefly, it’s worthy of note that while Moses continue on his long speech in the book of Deuteronomy, he mentioned here in this chapter of the death of his brother and high priest Aaron, then God gave the command to move on and possess the promised land. However, God have His standard for those who will possess the land. On this basis he highlighted the requirements.
In order not to undermine the word “require” as used in this context, it is translated from the Hebrew word pronounced as “shaw-al”. It basically means to “ask for” or make a request. This kind of request is made with the understanding that the person is able to grant it or what is being asked is in possession of the individual. Therefore what God demand here are things that He knows that we can offer. Adoni cannot ask you for what He know you cannot provide or you don’t have.
THE REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE
1. Fear the LORD: this fear (yaw-ray’ in Hebrew) means to stand in awe, reverence and to honour. You must reverence God because everyone and everything is under His control. There’s obviously nothing greater than God. The result of the fear will reflect in your lifestyle and your approach to things of life. You live rightly even though no one is there to observe you because you know God sees everything.
2. Walk in all His ways: God have His ways just as the world have it’s ways or pattern of doing things (remember Romans 12:1-2). It may be difficult sometimes because it may look foolish but the end result will be amazing. God’s way is the way of Faith, Holiness, Righteousness, Justice and Fairness.
3. To love God: love here isn’t that of Agape but it’s from the Hebrew word pronounced ” aw-hab” and it means act of being a friend. That is being God’s companion. God is not only demanding affections from you but also to have you be His friend then He can commune with you regularly.
4. To serve Him: serve from the Hebrew word “âbad”. It means to labour, to work. You’re enrolled into His service the moment you become His disciple. You have to drop your will to do His. You’re His labourer. The good news is that you’re actually labouring with Him because He promised to always be with you all the way. So get on doing your Master’s work.
The concluding statement of ”with all thy heart and soul” is actually attached to all the requirements. Your heart means you’re going to do it willingly and with all your soul means you will keep doing it as long as you still have breath in you.
Conclusively, now that you know what God requires of you, do not delay, get to work and offer to your God what your God wants from you.
1. Let God’s fear always abound in your heart.
2. That you will always be conscious of what God demands from you.
3. Grace to serve God till the end.