Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” Keeping the commandments our Lord laid out for us is how we show him that we love him. He has outlined for us in the Bible the way we are to live. Within in each word he has spoken we find life, direction, hope, love, and the key to fulfillment. If we love him we will keep those words – we will keep his commandments.
Oswald Chambers points out in Exodus 20:19 (NLT), “And they said to Moses, ‘You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!,'”
We show how little love we have for God by preferring to listen to His servants rather than to Him. We like to listen to personal testimonies, but we don’t want God Himself to speak to us. Why are we so terrified for God to speak to us? It is because we know that when God speaks we must either do what He asks or tell Him we will not obey. (My Utmost for His Highest, February 12).
We honor his words by obeying what he has spoken to us. Do you recall the E.F. Hutton ads? “When E.F. Hutton speaks everyone listens.” When God speaks we need to listen and obey. What has God spoken to you lately? It is vital to our walk with Jesus that we take the time to quietly come before him and listen.
David charged Solomon with this words found in 1 Chronicles 28:9,
“And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the LORD sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.
Have you heard him? Ask him today to speak to you.