Title: Guard the Great Commandment
Key Verse 3-4
This passages teaches the people Israel how to shield themselves from temptation to seek other gods. It is harsh, because the command that is being guarded is the most serious of all. The great commandment is: Love the LORD Your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
What does this kind of love mean?
It is a commitment to the one we love, open ears and willing feet. When we love someone, we are more than willing to help them, to do work for them, to be a blessing to them and not a stumbling block.
It is love not of force or power of will, but of the heart. We cannot magically conjure up this love within ourselves. "We love, because He loved us first." 1 John 4:19 When we turn to God to seek Him, He makes Himself known and teaches us of His goodness and righteousness and love. Then, we will love Him in return.
In I Corinthians 13, we learn a lot about what love means. In addition to the rest, it says, "It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." Likewise, when we know God, we can trust in Him and then find hope in Him. With hope, we can persevere.
Let us take the warning of Deuteronomy with the attitude of a trusting child. Let us not rebel and think that somehow our own desires are better. Our Father knows best and He desires to give us the very best. Let us love Him at all times, running to Him in need and delighting in His protection. Through the Holy Spirit, may week keep the Great Commandment.
One Word: Guard the Great Commandment