Finally Moses begins to reach his conclusion of his third and final speech. More than once he summarizes his advice and God’s commandments so that it all becomes clear.
“Moreover the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live.”
The advice he says is, “I command you today to love the Lord your God,” and he repeats, “that you may love the Lord your God.” Notice, that in the New Testament, love is also recognized as the great commandment. The books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy both deal with what might seem as laws on worship. But all the rules are built on love in some way. You see, the Old Testament system was always a spiritual system, and in the middle of religion, God’s intention was for His love to be the heart of all of it. Unfortunately, people concentrated on the “system” and not on the God of love to which the system pointed. When Paul proclaimed that “love is the fulfilling of the law,” he was only repeating the teaching of this chapter. The drive that will get you and I to obey God’s commandments is love for Him and our brethren. Love itself is expressed when you and I “walk in His ways” and “obey His voice.” Obedience to God’s guidelines for living is the result and test of true love.
Remembering and having God’s law inscribed in our hearts is a blessing because it is a guideline that ends our endless and weary search for some reliable guide to live life. We wouldn’t have the need to climb up to heaven, nor to cross the world to find assurance and enlightenment enough for our needs. Many make a mistake when they consider God’s commandments as being a burden; they are merciful guideposts. Although this is easier to say than do, the answer is simple, we are to let Jesus live in us and be part of our lives daily. But to let Him draw near to us, we have to let go of the things separating us from Him.
I pray that we all choose to listen to God’s voice and make His love the center of why we do things.
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright© 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.