Walk in All His Ways
And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good? ~ Deuteronomy 10:12,13
In my childhood home, scripture was central. I grew up hearing it read, seeing it lived out, knowing that the Word of God was meant to impact all aspects of life and developing a passion for it myself. I studied it and memorized it and participated in Bible quizzing for years. I even went to Bible school and fell in love with a Bible theology major.
I don’t know what it’s like to NOT have scripture impact my life. And still, I struggle with sinful thoughts, attitudes and behaviors. I understand the hymn writers sentiment when he wrote, “prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.” Even with a deep love of scripture, I will forget to read it. I get caught up in the daily responsibilities of life and neglect my first love.
This is why passages like the one written in Deuteronomy are so important. They are a reminder to keep going, to keep learning, to keep walking. We don’t expect to go on one walk with someone and then know them completely. We understand that to know someone requires a continual knowing of them. We are (or should be!) constantly changing and growing so that who we were yesterday is not the same as who we will be tomorrow. Our relationship with God must be ongoing. There is no end to knowing him.
To walk in His ways demands that we know what his ways are. Sometimes my children will ask me why they need to read the Bible when they already know the stories. I inwardly scream, “You have no idea how much you still have to learn!!” And then I consider that my Father in heaven is thinking the same of me (Although I don’t believe he ever screams at me. He is endlessly patient with me!).
Deuteronomy 10:13 ends with the words “for your good”. Whenever God requires something of his people, whether it was Israel in the Old Testament or the church today, we can know that it is for our good. We know this by our walks with God. He proves his love for us, his faithfulness, his mercy and his grace over and over again.
Oh, how I want to know God more and more, to live in awe of Him, to walk in His ways!