“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul. And you must always obey the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.” 10:12-13
So simple. Yet so complicated. Right?
How do I fear God, please him and serve him when it comes to my stubborn 4 year old son? My neighbor with no boundaries who endlessly sticks out her hand? The addict in your life? The coworker who bullies you and interferes with your work? The volatile family member?
How do I live in a way that is pleasing to God when we’re buried in stress, credit card debt, shame, addictions, gluttony and selfishness? It seems like such a straight-forward expectation but the specifics get messy.
I find answers to this later in chapter 10:
“You must fear the Lord your God and worship him and cling to him. Your oaths must be in his name alone. He alone is your God, the only one who is worthy of your praise, the one who has done these mighty miracles that you have seen with your own eyes.“
Cling to Jesus, and worship him for who he is. Stick by his side and don’t turn to find other answers. He is worthy of our undivided attention. Remember all he has done to save you. Yes, this life with Christ is complicated and hard, but he is here for it!