Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
(Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV))
I love how God’s Word can say something different each time you read it. Perhaps I should say that differently. I love how God’s Word can speak to you in a different way each time you read it. To clarify, there is a difference between saying something different and having something speak to you differently. Is it God’s Word or is it our hearts and our ability to understand that is different?
Two days ago I read this passage and quickly moved on to Deuteronomy 6:6. Two days ago, that passage caught my attention. Today, I feel the need to be reminded, and to remind, how we are to love God.
Does the Lord have all your heart?
Your heart is what keeps you alive in the physical world. It is representative of the moment. Does God have you in this very moment?
Does the Lord have all your soul?
Your soul is the eternal. It is what will continue after the physical is gone. It represents your long term love for God. Does God have you for eternity?
Does the Lord have all your strength?
Your strength represents your abilities, even though they are very little when you consider all that God can do. Giving God all your strength means that you are giving everything you are to His Will. You surrender and rely on His strength. Do you fully rely on God?
I honestly do not know how many times that I have read this passage, but today, the Lord spoke to me in a way that opened my eyes, my heart and my mind to the depth of the love that we should feel toward Him. Without Him, we are nothing. Everything that we do should lift up His name. Everything we do should show the love that we have for our Lord, our God!
Do you love the Lord like this?
Copyright 1998 – 2017 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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