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Love, Listen, Latch on
by Judy Webb
Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your
God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)
These words were spoken by Moses as he addressed the Israelites and passed the baton to Joshua. He was encouraging them to stay the course, keep the faith, and trust and obey God.
For years I would seek God’s Word for me each morning. I begin by writing my thoughts to God in a journal and ask for a Word, just for me this day. In fact, I write it so often in my journal that now I merely jot down, “Do you have A.W.F.M.T? (a Word for me today) Anyone reading my journals down the road might be puzzled by this acronym, but it is very meaningful for me. God usually has a Word, and He shares it freely.
Many times, when I had been praying for direction, or answers, I would see the words, Trust and Obey. Sometimes I even would hear that old hymn being played on the radio (believe it or not) and then again a devotion or scripture is placed before me which has this command. I have learned over the years that these three words are to be heeded by me. They used to signify a major happening or life change. More recently they would alert me to the fact that God was trying to get my attention. Nowadays, they mostly reassure me that God is listening and hearing. These words tell me to stay the course, my path is secure for now.
When I encounter this phrase, I have my eyes and my ears wide open in anticipation.
“Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life…” (verse 19b-20a).
To love and trust God means to obey his voice.
Dear Jesus, Keep me close to you and ever whisper the phrase Trust and Obey, as I want to continue to do just that.