WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO DO
Date: March 6
Category: Follow God
"And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you but [reverently] to fear the Lord your God, [that is] to walk in all His ways and to love him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being. To keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?"
This verse is very similar to Micah 6:8 where it says, "He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?"
Sometimes people wonder what God wants them to do. But if you read these verses here in Deuteronomy and in Micah, you can't say that you don't know what to do. God is very clear about what He wants us to do. In Deuteronomy we read, "What does the Lord your God require of you but [reverently] to fear the Lord your God…" What does it mean to fear the Lord? The verse further explains what that means to fear God. It says, "[that is] to walk in all His ways and to love Him." So fearing God means living in God's ways and loving Him.
Then the verse says, "and to serve the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being." He wants us to love and serve Him with all of our mind, heart, and being. Our being is really who we are. It doesn't matter what we have or how much we have; we all have a being. And God wants us to serve Him with all that we are. That means avoiding all other things that get in your way or distract you. Because of your fear for the Lord, you will love and serve Him in this way.
The Bible further explains what it means to reverently fear God aside from living in all His ways and serving Him. Verse 13 says that we fear God by keeping His commandments and His statutes. Because of that fear, there will also be some things that you will not do. For example, you will stay away from sin and other things that God tells you to stay away from. You will stay away from lying, cheating, stealing, sexual immorality, and the many other things that are displeasing to God.
When you fear God, you will honor Him through your obedience. Does God gain anything from our obedience? No, God wants us to obey Him so that we will be blessed. It is for our benefit that we should obey God. Most parents are good parents who want to reward and bless their children. Most parents only bless and reward their children when they are obedient to them. So think of how much more your Heavenly Father wants even greater things for your life. But He can only bestow His blessing upon us when we obey His commandments. So when you and I obey what He says, you and I are going to benefit.
In Micah 6:8, we learn that God has already shown us what is good and He requires us to do that which is good. He has shown us through His commandments. God is the measure of what is good and what is not. Because He has already revealed to us what is good in His sight, it is now our job to do what He says. We should never wonder what it is that God wants us to do. He has already spelled it out for us plainly through His Word. God wants us to obey His commandments.