Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him. Deuteronomy 13:4 NLT
It is an oft-repeated theme throughout scripture. Although it’s expressed many different ways in both the Old and New Testaments, the message is simply this: put God first. In this scripture, Moses outlines for us a way to do this. Follow his logic as he spells it out.
“Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him.”
Obey his commands: It sounds simple, but to keep them you have to know them. Don’t ever forsake the reading of the Bible. Contained in God’s word you will find His laws for living. You will find out how to be a reflection of our Heavenly Father in word, thought, and deed.
Listen to his voice: God speaks to us though the quiet impressions of the Holy Spirit, and to hear or feel His presence you need to be walking with Him. He may speak through a sermon, a song, a book, or even a friend. His impressions are always gentle and don’t come with a rushed or hurried spirit.
Cling to him: No matter what may happen in your life make sure you never let go of God. Embrace and love Him with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. He wants your attention and affection and you show it best by serving with diligence and with fervor.
Put God first in your life today. Arrange whatever you have to do be able to do this. Make sure no person, material thing or anything else takes His place on the throne of your heart.
Pastor Wes Humble, Executive Director of Ministry and Community Relations