Three Great Directives

Posted on February 14, 2020

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By David Ettinger

The Background
Israel was at the end of their 40-year desert wanderings, and Moses was giving them final instructions before entering the Promised Land. He tells them:

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Deuteronomy 30:19-20).

Of course the entirety of this passage applies specifically to ancient Israel at that time, but there is a portion of it all believers can – and should – apply to their own lives!

Powerful Snippet
The portion I refer to is but a snippet, but what a powerhouse snippet it is! Located midway through this passage, we read: “… love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him” (v. 20).

I can’t think of better advice to give fellow believers. I mean, if someone were to ask me what is the best counsel I can give to Christians, I would say: “… love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.”

In today’s frenzied world where information assaults us almost every second of our waking hours, we need steadiness and consistency to keep us afloat.

To love our God – to devote our hearts to Him daily – gives us the emotional balance we need to keep us from becoming unhinged. Between politics and the ever-increasing anti-God mentality plaguing the West, our hearts need to be focused and secure. Loving the Lord God with all our beings will keep us emotionally grounded.

Listening to God’s voice – primarily through reading the Bible – will keep our thoughts centered on the only Truth that is valid. There are thousands of voices demanding our attention and obedience, and all are false. Only God’s voice is authentic, genuine, instructive, and life-giving.

Holding fast to God – the most difficult of the three – concerns how we live out every minute of every day. If we are stone-cold determined to walk in God’s way, honor Him, and not capitulate to our sinful culture, we can keep our paths straight in this world which is ever spinning out of control.

Three Great Directives
“… love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him” – the Lord gave this trio of directives to Israel thousands of years ago, and they are just as relevant, life-sustaining, and indispensable today.

May God give us the heart, mind, and will to pursue them, and in the doing, honor Him with every breath we breathe!