Here’s a good way to start your day. Spend some time in prayer and let your request be, “Lord help me to follow this command in everything I do today.” So why, in Jesus’ own words, is this the first and greatest command? Because God knew when He originally gave this to the Israelites in Deuteronomy 11:13 that if they would love Him first and keep that as their focus, everything else would fall into place.
That principle hasn’t changed through the ages and still stands true today. Love God with every part of who we are and all the other aspects of our lives (relationships, finances, employment, etc…) will fall where they belong. Not that we won’t have trials and testing along the way but our consistent love for God will see us through those times.
Praying for strength to obey that First Commandment,
Pastor Gerard Deleeuw