I will be honest. I overslept this morning. :-/ So with about fifteen minutes to write a blog post, I want to share with you a verse that I read yesterday while reading through my Old Testament Bible reading plan.
“So take diligent heed to yourselves to love the Lord your God.” ~ Joshua 23:11
This verse is only a sentence long, but it is packed with truth. This verse prompts believers to love the Lord in a way that is:
1. Intentional - You do not just wake up and happen to love the Lord. You have to purpose to do it.
2. Careful - Furthermore, loving the Lord is something that you have to be careful to do in the right manner. How do we know what loving Him in the right manner is? We know because He tells us in His Word. We have to carefully examine the Scriptures and examine our lives to make sure that we are matching up. It reminds me of the verse, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
3. Faithful - Otherwise, know as diligence. We must be consistent; consistent in intentionally seeking to love the Lord and in carefully studying His word.
Friends, I am a visual learner. I like to have a real life analogies to help me understand principles. This is a silly analogy, but it helps me understand this concept.
One time I was watching a pair of hamsters while their owners cleaned out their cages. I was trying to keep them contained in a basket. If I did not keep my eyes on them, one of them would try to pop out. In its desire to have its way, the hamster did not care if it fell over the edge and a long way onto the ground. It took a lot of diligence to keep both of them in there!
As ridiculous as this analogy is, it reminds me of the diligence I must have in loving the Lord. If I do not purpose to watch over my heart, I will fall over the edge. I must diligently watch my wayward heart lest I fall into sin and the peril that comes with sin. My own heart is like a hamster always seeking to do its own thing, regardless of the consequences. I must diligently watch over it to keep it in check and to direct it in loving the Lord.
That was a stupid analogy, I know. But my guess is that you will remember that ridiculous analogy. ;-)