Multitudes shake their heads wondering what is happening to the world we live in. What do you think? Deuteronomy reveals the foundational answer. We have failed to prepare for life’s testing. Part 1 introduced the vital element of preparedness.
“Fear the LORD thy God,”, as shown in the first four commandments and summed up in loving and cleaving to Him above all else. Get this right and the rest is simple, maybe not always easy, but simple.
“…to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,to keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good.” Deut. 10:12,13.
“…walk in all his ways…But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way… This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I command you.” (1Cor. 12:31;John 15:12-14).
“…to love him and to serve…If ye love me, keep my commandments… Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.”( John 14:15; 1John 5:1,2).
“…keep the commandments…and the second is like unto it, THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF.” Matt. 22:39.
- “Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee.” Deut. 5:16.
“For God commanded, saying, HONOUR THY FATHER AND MOTHER: and HE THAT CURSETH FATHER OR MOTHER, LET HIM DIE THE DEATH… Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.”( Matt. 15:4; Col. 3:20).
- “Thou shalt not kill.” Deut.5:17.
“Whosoever hatheth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” 1John 3:15.
- “Neither shalt thou commit adultery.” Deut. 5:18.
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Matt. 5:27,28.
- “Neither shalt thou steal.” Deut. 5:19.
“But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters…Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.” (1Pet. 4:15; Eph.4:28).
- “Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbor.” Deut. 5:20.
“A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish…Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” (Prov. 19:9; Eph. 4:29).
- “Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour’s wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour’s house, his field, or his manservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour’s.” Deut. 5:21.
“…Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth… Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: for which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:” (Luke 12:15;Col. 3:5,6).
Christ has fulfilled all the law. All it required, He embodied and performed. Christ in us fulfills the law in us. “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law…put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” Rom. 13:10,14.
Where do you feel least prepared for the trials and testing of life? Would it be in the sudden or catastrophic things of life or in the mundane living of every day? Which ever it is cleave to the Lord, He will carry you through. Keep on keeping on.