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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.
Living for and serving God Almighty was emblazoned on the hearts of every Israelite man and woman. Moses said that all were to serve the Lord and follow Him only. But it was more than just keeping His laws, it was actually revering Him and holding fast to everything one had been taught about service unto the only true and wise God.
Listen to what was commanded of the Israeli people at that time. These are the laws surrounding this text, should this command not be kept in its entirety. Any prophet who tried to lead one astray from Almighty God, or any brother, son, daughter, wife, or close friend who tried to turn one away from God Almighty must be stoned to death. If a troublemaker in a neighboring town had led the people away from God Almighty, that town must be burned to the ground and the people in it! Can you imagine the intensity with which God was demanding total service from His people? But even with the severity of punishment for disobedience, people still turned from God. Thankfully, because of Jesus’ eternal sacrifice, we now live under the blessing of God’s unmerited favor. We know it as grace. Yet even today, we see vast waywardness among those who say they are “Followers of Jesus.” Today all of us must answer this simple question: “How Important Is Your God?”
This AM, my heart breaks as I see in Your Word the judgment You brought Your people in the Old Testament for not following You completely. Yet even today, I know I must answer this challenge and admit I’m not always as fervent as I should be in my service. Forgive me, I pray. You really are my EVERYTHING! Amen