Deuteronomy 10:12,13 - God's Requirements

What doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to
walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with
all thy heart and with all thy soul, to keep the commandments of the LORD,
and his statutes. Deu 10:12,13 (KJV)

Often we ask, "What does God expect of me?" Here Moses gives a summary that
is simple in form and easy to remember. Here are the essentials: (1) Fear
God (have reverence for him). (2) Walk in all his ways. (3) Love him. (4)
Serve him with all your heart and soul. (5) Observe his commands. How often
we complicate faith with man-made rules, regulations, and requirements. Are
you frustrated and burned out from trying hard to please God? Concentrate on
his real requirements and find peace. Respect, follow, love, serve, and obey
him. [Life Application SB]

God "mighty and awesome." He has such awesome power and justice that people
cannot stand before him without his mercy. . . . When we begin to grasp the
extent of God's mercy toward us, we see what true love is and how deeply God
loves us. Our fear of what he might do to us is transformed into a reverence
and awe before his great mercy and loving obedience naturally follows. [Life
Application SB mod]

"Love" in Scripture is more than an emotion or feeling. God's love finds
expression in saving acts performed for His people. . . .Those who truly
love God express their love in action too. They "walk in all His ways," they
"serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul." They
"observe the Lord's commands and decrees." We respond to God's loving acts
performed for us by performing loving acts for Him! . . Just as today a
caress is a joyful way to express love to our spouse, so obeying God is a
joyful way for us to express love to our Lord. [Victor Bible Reader's

There are things required in life.  To drive a car, you must have a driver's
license.  To teach in a public school you need a teaching certificate.
These things are required so that a person may "do" something, or "be"
something. To be a follower of God, there are requirements.  Fear God, not
as the "Great Punisher in the Sky," but rather with a reverence for who and
what He is! We can begin to see Him in His creation.  To walk in His ways is
to order your life, your walk, according to His Word, which must be
regularly read to know Him more fully.  And as you begin to know Him more
fully, you grow in affection for Him.  And this ultimately leads to the
desire to serve Him.  To know Him, to love Him, to serve Him.  Is that your
desire?  Today draw near, read His Word and pray to Him.  It is His desire
you should.  [In His Time, Walk with Wisdom]