{ More Jesus } The Simple Truth Of What God Wants From You / Day 16

 


Read- Deuteronomy 5:28-29 ESV

Oh that they had such a heart as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever! {Deuteronomy 5:29 ESV}

What does God want?

Every once in a while, we get an intimate glimpse into the depth of God’s heart revealed in the Scriptures. As we read these words in the Bible, it’s as if we can hear His voice and sense His emotion.

Moses has gathered all of Israel together in Deuteronomy 5. He wanted one last review of what they were to remember as they entered the long awaited Promised Land without him.

He recited their history with God, the Ten Commandments, and their agreement to that covenantal relationship. It is at this point he tells them of the LORD’s response at the hearing of their agreement.

         “I have heard what this people said to you. Everything they said was good. Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!“ { Deut 5:29 NIV }

 And there it is, what an Immortal, Invisible God longs for:

….our heart!

He wants a relationship with those He created and called to Himself. He longs for love to be reciprocated.

Isn’t that amazing?!

What God chooses, is to allow US to choose. But He longs for us to choose Him! What makes this incredible is the vulnerability this creates for the Lord.

He is risking rejection with every creation!

To know that the Great I AM wants more than anything to be in a close intimate relationship with us inspires our love in return. It makes us want to know Him and love Him all the more! To make time for Him each day.

One of my favorite verses that describes this motivation to prioritize is 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 says,

         “For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”

This explains so well the wonderful cycle of love. Because He loves us and longs for our hearts, and woos us to live our lives for Him in return.

Love compels devotion! What a life we have in Christ!

This depth of love and value is life-changing! Nothing and no one on this planet can compare to the kind of powerful, pure love that God has for us.

Dear friend, do you know the One who died to give us this?

This love was perfectly displayed for us on a cross long ago.

God put love in action that day by giving His Only Son for our sin.

And what He wants in return is the same as what He wanted from the Israelites:

Our heart.

Our love.

Our life lived in communion with Him.

So we enter into this life as we confess and repent, knowing we are the desire of God’s heart. Let us make time for Him each day, offering our hearts in return so that we can drink deep from the well of life-changing love He offers us.

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Reflect:

  • Do you know Christ as your Savior? Have you received salvation through Him for your sins as described in John 3:16?
  • Are you attending church somewhere to grow in your faith and be a part of a Christian community?
  • Are you regularly reading God’s Word? Is there a local Bible study you can join to learn more about Christ and His love for you?

Prayer:

Dear Lord, thank you for loving me so much that You would pursue me like you do. As I learn your love and what you desire most from me, I offer you my heart in return. Help me to grow in my faith and fellowship with you through the salvation Christ provides on my behalf. Amen.

Gretchen Fleming
Gretchen Fleming
Gretchen's passion is to follow hard after Jesus, knowing He is the treasure of a lifetime and worth every minute she commits to Him. God’s Word has been life-giving to her through the most trying times—a great source of strength, wisdom, and truth. She is a Bible teacher, speaker, and writer, who loves to see Jesus change lives as He’s changed hers. Gretchen is a wife of 28 years and mother of 3 young adult children.

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