The book of Deuteronomy offers surprising insights into our relationship with God
The book of Deuteronomy is never high on my reading list. The seemingly endless instructions about the form and format of God’s expectations for his people vex me, especially given that Jesus fulfills the Old Testament, and today we live under a New Testament arrangement.
Yet there are surprising truths buried in this stodgy book. We can easily miss these amazing insights if we read too hurriedly – or skip the book altogether.
One such passage presents a succinct summary of what God asks of us:
- Fear God: Does this mean God wants his people to be afraid of him? No! He wants his people to stand in awe of him, with reverence and respect.
- Walk with God: God asks us to move in relationship with him, to go where he goes. The word repent (which is found throughout the Bible) implies this. It basically means to change course and follow God (and Jesus).
- Love God: God wants us to love him. That’s a great start. In the New Testament we see God’s love for us. Though it’s evident in the Old Testament, we can’t miss it in the New Testament.
- Serve God: If we fear, walk with, and love God, we will spontaneously desire to serve him. Yet to make sure we don’t miss this part of our relationship with God, he spells it out for us.
- Obey God: The fifth item also flows from those before it: obedience. Though obeying an authority is often dismissed in today’s culture, God is one authority who never disappoints, never falters, and never makes a mistake.
God is worthy of us doing the things he asks, starting with this passage: fear, walk, love, serve, and obey.
What items on this list surprise you? What other things does God ask of us? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.