What God Requires of Us

Our God is the great Creator of the Universe.  He set the course of all the stars in the sky, placed the earth at the right distance from the sun for life to flourish, and created all life that exists – from the smallest microbe to the giant blue whale.  All the laws of nature and science were created by Him and they continue in the way that He intended.  What could God therefore require of us?

King Solomon of Israel, the man who was granted great wisdom to rule his people and who had access to any desire in life, had cause to reflect on the meaning of life as his own drew to an end.  What was his conclusion?

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

Ecclesiastes 12:13

In his conclusion, Solomon identifies a key theme of the Bible – the response that God requires of people to His greatness.  This theme was also expanded upon by Jesus in two passages.

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

Mark 12:30

Pray then like this:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Matthew 6:9-13

In this simple but powerful prayer, Jesus aimed to remind us of God’s position and the reverence that he is due.  He told us that the will of God should come before our own will and that God is the source of provision for all our needs.

Our response to God should therefore be to seek to discover what is pleasing to God as recorded in the Bible and to put our trust in Him.

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