“Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping His commandments, and His judgments, and His statutes, which I command thee this day:” ~ Deuteronomy 8:11
As the Hebrews entered into the Promised Land, they would be confronted by new cultures, new philosophies, and new religions.
Would they still honor Jehovah as their Lord? Or would they abandon their covenant with Him to serve new gods?
Would they keep His commands, His judgments, and His statutes? Or would they exchange them for worldly commands, worldly judgments, and worldly statutes?
The Scripture teaches us that
“8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” ~ Psalm 19:8-10
Therefore, the key factor in remaining faithful to God is our esteem, our valuation, of His Word. If God’s Word is precious to us, we will obey it. And, if we obey God’s Word, we will remain faithful to Him.
Conversely, if God’s Word is not precious to us, we will ignore it and very quickly be lured away by the world’s philosophies, cultures, and religions.
“Order my steps in Thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” ~ Psalm 119:133
If our steps (our decisions about life and how to live it) are ordered in God’s Word, we will live by God’s rules. And if we live by God’s rules, then God is our King, our Lord.
Conversely, if our steps are ordered in the world’s value-system, we will live the world’s rules. And, if we live by the world’s rules, then the world is our king, our lord.
In a world that bombards us with its own “truths” and its own values, the only way to stay faithful to God is to uphold and infuse His word in every facet of our lives.
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” ~ Psalm 119:11
“I will delight myself in Thy statutes: I will not forget Thy word.” ~ Psalm 119:16
This is the second of a nine-part series on Principles for the Promised Land summarized from the book of Deuteronomy.