Deuteronomy 10 12-13 (KJV)

12 And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
13 To keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

Sometimes God’s commands are as clear as the sun on a cloudless day.

However, at times what He instructs you to do may seem as difficult as capturing the sun and putting it in your pocket- it’s an impossible task.

The Israelites faced this dilemma when they stood on the verge of entering Canaan. God commanded that they take the land of promise by war; but after 40 years of wandering, no doubt they wondered if they had what it took to wage a successful campaign.

Yet, they were missing the point of the relationship they had with God. In Deuteronomy 10:12-13 Moses admonished, “What does the Lord the 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?”

God did not expect them to have a perfect battle plan- He simply wanted them to love Him. He did not ask them to win the war at any cost- He told then to simply trust His ways and obey His commands.

Moses understood that Israel could not be under God’s protection without obedience and faith- without love for the One they were following.

You must understand that as well.

God is not an impossible taskmaster; He won’t set you up to fail. Rather He is your loving God who is making a way for you through whatever challenges you face. Your responsibility is to walk in His ways.

Michah 6:8 explains, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what is does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” What does that mean? It means that you are to exhibit the character of Christ- respectfully accepting God’s instructions and serving Him out of love.

Understand that God wants to have a deep and abiding relationship with you, and He gladly prepares and empowers you for whatever He expects of you.

The more you understand His ways, the more you’re going to love Him and want to obey Him.

If you want to serve God and you desire His protection, you must know Him, love Him, and obey Him. And no matter how difficult the challenges that arise, God will help you. In His will is the safest place for you to be.

So, do not fear, for He is with you.

He will give you the strength you need when you trust Him and do what He says.

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