Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tues., 6/7/11 Devotion (Deut. 11:1a)

Today's encouragement comes from Deuteronomy 11:1a, where we read these few words:

"Therefore you shall love the LORD your God . . . "

How does the concept of loving God strike us? Are we comfortable with this? Do we like this idea? Do you and I really love God--even in the mushy emotion-laden way (that most people think about love)? We really should "feel" love to God. Some folks reason this way, (though they would never likely say it): "I know I ought to love God--but it is hard, because He has allowed bad things to happen to me, etc."

Let me urge us to sincerely love God (in the Lord Jesus Christ). If our sins really *are* forgiven, we *will* love God. This love will be mani-
fest to the level that we understand how wonderful it is to be re-
deemed. Genuine loving gratitude and praise flows from the hearts of all well-informed and regenerated churched Christians.

[Puritan quote of the day: "When men distrust God's promises, they murmur at His providences." --Thomas Watson, in, "The Great Gain of Godliness"]