“How many times do I have to tell you to pick up your things?”
I reminded my kids all the time the rules of the house, but they never seemed to obey them. I didn’t make the rules just for them to have something to do. I did it because not only does it make them responsible adults in the future, but it is also a sign of respect. It shows me that they respect me as their mother, not as their maid. I want them to respect me not because of what I do for them, but because of who I am.
It was the same in the Old Testament. God didn’t establish rigid rules just to give them something to do. He gave them so when they obeyed it demonstrated their love for Him. The word covenant is important because God desired to have a loving agreement between Himself and His people. He didn’t want to force them into obedience. He wanted them to choose obedience. They demonstrated their obedience by following the law God had set forth. Just like I want my kids to choose to obey the rules so does God wants us to choose to obey him so that He can resume His place as their God.
How do you demonstrate your love to God? Do you choose to obey God’s word?