Our final Bible verse in this January sequence is an encouragement to out God at the centre of life
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. (Deuteronomy 6:5)
How does your love for God influence how you see the world?
Does it make a difference to your daily life?
The passage from the Book of Deuteronomy comes in a section often headed ‘The Great Commandment.’ The people were instructed to place the words in the forefront of their minds and lives (Deuteronomy 6. 1-9)
The Great Commandment
Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that theLord your God charged me to teach you to observe in the land that you are about to cross into and occupy, so that you and your children and your children’s children may fear the Lord your God all the days of your life, and keep all his decrees and his commandments that I am commanding you, so that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe them diligently, so that it may go well with you, and so that you may multiply greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love theLord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart.Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead,and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Think how you could put the words centrally for you.
You could have them in a prominent place in your home, and in a diary… You may choose to post them via social media. Perhaps find a lovely printed version and print it and even frame it.
As we finish this month’s course of Bible reading these are words to hold on to as we go forward, and may God bless you with love and peace as you consider and try to apply these words.