The Greatest Commandment

Deuteronomy 6:4-6 ESV

“4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one, 5You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.”

This is an excerpt of the statutes that make up the commandment God gave to Moses to give to the people of Israel while they were in the desert.

I was led to this verse because of a reflection I was having on how I and some of us pray sometimes. A lot of times, we thank God for who He is, for His love for us, His saving grace and for His Son whom He sent to suffer on the cross for us. Then we thank God for all he has done in our lives, what He is doing, and what he will continue to do; hence our hope, our faith because it is the “… assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1 ESV.

I am not saying don’t give thanks, of course you have to, God tells us to, to be thankful in all circumstances, to be humble, to enter His gates with thanksgiving. I just want to encourage myself and you to dial it back: go back to the desert. Remember His commandment, that He is one, that we shall love Him with all of our heart, soul and might, and that these words shall be on our heart. In further verses, we are told that this love should be our hottest topic, our headline, not His provision for us, because He is God, He has got that covered. Not because He answered this prayer or that request, duh! He is God and He will do it. I think often times we are amazed at God’s character because we forget who He is, His power and might, we do not have His words on our heart as we ought to. As you continue to read Deuteronomy 6, God tells us to bind (the fear and love of Him) on our doorposts and on our heads; that we teach it to our children and let these statutes consume our lives and daily activities.

I urge you to read Deuteronomy 6.

Dearest Father, Abba Father You are God alone, You are One. I bow down at the throne of your Grace and declare that there is none compared to You, that you are mighty, You love us so much that you gave us your commandment, your statutes. Lord in my life, I want to always love You with all my heart, soul and might, and may that show in my everyday life, in the things I say, I do and I think. No matter what is happening or not happening, Your words shall evermore dwell in my heart.

In Jesus name I pray with thanksgiving, AMEN

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